Avastin (bevacizumab), classified as an angiogenesis inhibitor, is a drug that slows the growth of new blood cells.  Manufactured by the San Francisco-based company Genentech, a subsidiary of Roche Pharmaceuticals, Avastin was first approved in 2004 for certain types of cancers of the kidney, lung, colon, rectum, and brain that are metastatic, or have spread to other parts of the body. Working in conjunction with chemotherapy or alone, Avastin, given intravenously, interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells.

While indicated for many types of cancer treatments, some medical providers prescribe it off-label, or for treatments not approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Side Effects of Avastin

Like all medications, use of Avastin can lead to the development of side effects. While some side effects require no additional medical treatment, some are severe and life-threatening requiring immediate medical attention.

Common Side Effects of Avastin

Use of Avastin could lead to following common side effects. Call your doctor if any of these common side effects worsen or become persistent.

  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased and frequent thirst
  • Dizziness
  • Cough
  • Alteration in speech
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Mouth sores

Serious Side Effects:

If you are taking Avandia and experience any of the following side effects, contact your doctor or health provider immediately:

  • Severe Allergic Reaction (rash, hives, swelling of the mouth, face, or tongue)
  • Black, Tarry Stools
  • Blood in the Urine
  • Chest Pain
  • Coughing Blood
  • Constipation
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
  • Rapid Weight Gain or Swelling in the Body
  • Severe Headaches and/or confusion
  • Seizures
  • Stomach Pain
  • Unusual Bruising
  • Changes in Urine (dark in color, difficulty in urination)
  • Vision Changes
  • Vomiting blood or a substance resembling coffee grounds

Have you suffered from Avastin-related side effects? Any individual or the relative of an individual who has suffered due to Avastin’s side effects is permitted to file a lawsuit.  The lawyers can help you determine whether you are qualified to seek compensation. You may be eligible to seek reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, and punitive damages (compensation granted for losses suffered).

It is essential to hire an experienced and effective lawyer who can file your case.  We can match you with attorneys who have the experience to handle even the most complex claims, and we are accepting new cases.  If you need further information about the harmful side effects of Avastin or legal advice concerning personal injury matters, we invite you to contact us or to fill out our form on this website for a free case evaluation.