You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins. Cetuximab needs to be given slowly, so the needle will remain in place for at least an hour. The first dose of this medicine could take 2 hours to give.
You may also receive medicines (e.g., diphenhydramine) to help prevent possible allergic reactions to the injection.
This medicine sometimes causes nausea and vomiting. However, it is very important that you continue to receive the medicine, even if you begin to feel ill. Ask your doctor for ways to lessen these effects.