Bevacizumab (Avastin)

The Basics

Bevacizumab (brand names- Avastin, Mvasi, Zirabev, Vegzelma, Alymsys) is an FDA-approved treatment for several types of cancer. It is used for cancers in the colon (large intestine), lung, brain, kidney, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, peritoneal layer, and hepatocellular carcinoma. It is also used for a specific type of eye disease, known as age-related macular degeneration.

Bevacizumab is in a class of medications called antiangiogenic agents. They work by stopping the formation of blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to tumours. This may slow the growth and spread of tumours.

let us walk you through the key things you need to know about bevacizumab.

How should I take Bevacizumab (Avastin)?

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Bevacizumab injection products come as a solution (liquid) to administer slowly into a vein. A doctor or nurse administers bevacizumab injection products in a medical facility.

You should take 90 minutes to receive your first dose of a bevacizumab injection product. If you experience any side effects, tell your doctor immediately.

Do not stop taking abiraterone or prednisone without talking to your doctor. You can help them by tracking your side effects in Ankr.

What are the side effects of bevacizumab or Avastin?

Common side effects

Serious side effects

Bevacizumab injection products may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while receiving this medication.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

Use the free Ankr platform or Ankr app to track your symptoms.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before receiving bevacizumab or Avastin

  • tell your doctor about your allergies
  • tell your doctor about other intakes
  • tell your doctor about any other disease, symptoms and therapy in the past or now

While you are on bevacizumab or Avastin

  • you should know that bevacizumab may cause infertility in women (difficulty becoming pregnant).
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should use birth control methods after talking to your doctor. Bevacizumab may harm the fetus and increase the risk of pregnancy loss.
  • tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding. You should not breastfeed during your treatment with bevacizumab
  • tell your doctor if you have recently had surgery or plan to have surgery, including dental surgery. You should not receive a bevacizumab injection if you have recently had surgery.

I forgot a dose. What should I do?

If you miss an appointment to receive a dose of a bevacizumab injection product, call your doctor as soon as possible.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can’t be awakened, immediately call emergency services at 911.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.

Brand names

  • Avastin® (bevacizumab)
  • Mvasi® (bevacizumab-awwb)
  • Zirabev® (bevacizumab-bvzr)
  • Vegzelma®
  • Alymsys®

Last Revised – 03/03/2023, FDA updated-10/13/2021, SG

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