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Cetuximab (Erbitux™)

Last Updated: 11/4/18

Status: Potential NF2 Clinical Trial


  • Additional Information
  • Side Effects
  • Other Uses
Other Names Erbitux™, Anti EGFR, IMC-C225
Pharmaceutical Companies Bristol Myers Squib, Merck Serono and Eli Lilly and Company
Treatment By IV
Molecular Formula C6484H10042N1732O2023S36
Drug Bank DB00002
Inhibitor Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) Inhibitor
Epidermal growth factor receptor binding FAB. Cetuximab is composed of the Fv (variable; antigen-binding) regions of the 225 murine EGFr monoclonal antibody specific for the N-terminal portion of human EGFr with human IgG1 heavy and kappa light chain constant (framework) regions.

1. Additional Information

Due to cardiac arrest prevention, pretreatment with diphenhydramine 30-60 min. before administration is standard of care.

2. Possible Side Effects


  • Fevers
  • Chills
  • Rigors
  • Urticaria
  • Pruritis
  • Rash
  • Hypotension
  • Bronchospasm
  • Dyspnea
  • Wheezing
  • Angioedema
  • Dizziness
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Cardiac Arrest


  • Photosensitivity
  • Hypomagnesemia due to Magnesium Wasting
  • Pulmonary and Cardiac Toxicity

3. Other Uses

  • Head Cancer
  • Neck Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
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