Avastin Side Effects

Avastin side effects, which may include heart attack and stroke, may lead to injury lawsuits being filed by affected patients. Contact an Avastin attorney today to explore your compensation options.

Avastin side effect studies have indicated that the cancer drug Avastin may be associated with severe and even life-threatening side effects among patients. In fact, this potential risk is so serious that FDA panels have called for Avastin's indication as a breast cancer drug to be removed. Avastin (bevacizumab) has been available in the U.S. as a breast cancer treatment since 2008, and is also commonly used in combination with chemotherapy to treat brain, lung and kidney cancers. Avastin is currently manufactured by Genentech, a subsidiary of Roche Pharmaceuticals, and functions by interfering with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. The FDA approved Avastin for breast cancer treatment under its accelerated approval program, which allows drugs to enter the market based solely on clinical data suggesting the drug may have a meaningful clinical benefit. Unfortunately, new information about considerable Avastin side effects has raised serious concerns about the safety of the drug, especially in treating breast cancer. If you took Avastin and have since suffered from a major side effect, contact an Avastin attorney to discuss your compensation options.

Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked for an extended period of time, causing that part of the heart muscle to become damaged or die. Most heart attacks are caused by a blood clot that blocks one of the coronary arteries, causing symptoms like the feeling of a tight band around the chest, something heavy sitting on the chest, and squeezing or heavy pressure. Heart attacks can lead to life-threatening complications like heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms.

Heart Failure

Heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart can no longer pump an adequate amount of blood to the rest of the body. Common symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, loss of appetite, cough, fatigue and weight gain. Although some people can successfully control their heart failure with medications or lifestyle changes, others may develop severe heart failure, in which no form of treatment is effective.


A stroke occurs when the flow of blood to a portion of the brain is blocked, preventing the brain from receiving the blood and oxygen it needs to function. If blood flow is blocked for an extended period of time, brain cells may begin to die, causing permanent damage. Common stroke symptoms include changes in alertness, confusion or loss of memory, difficulty swallowing, loss of balance, and muscle weakness in the face, arm or leg. Stroke can also lead to life-altering complications like dementia, loss of movement or feeling in parts of the body, and problems thinking and speaking.

Gastrointestinal Perforations

A gastrointestinal perforation is a hole that develops through the entire wall of the stomach, large bowel, small intestine or gallbladder. Symptoms of a GI perforation include chills, fever, nausea, severe abdominal pain and vomiting. Surgery is typically a successful method of GI perforation treatment, although some patients may suffer from complications like infection, sepsis, an intra-abdominal abscess, or bleeding.

Avastin FDA Warnings and Side Effect Studies

After reviewing the results of recent clinical trials, the FDA has concluded that Avastin does not prolong overall survival in breast cancer patients, nor does it provide an adequate benefit in slowing the progression of the disease to outweigh the serious risks the drug poses for patients. In light of this conclusion, FDA panels have recommended that Avastin's breast cancer approval be removed, a decision which the agency is still considering. Despite the popularity of Avastin in treating cancer, the medication has been shown to increase the risk of potentially fatal side effects by nearly 50% when used in combination with chemotherapy, compared with chemotherapy alone. In 2008, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study in which researchers found an increased risk of dangerous deep vein blood clots or venous thromboembolism in the legs or lungs of patients using Avastin, compared with patients who did not take the cancer drug. A thromboembolism occurs when a blood clot develops in a deep vein and then a piece breaks off, travels in the bloodstream to a vessel near the heart and blocks blood flow, causing a stroke or heart attack.

Avastin Attorneys for Side Effects

The side effects linked to the cancer drug Avastin, including heart attack and stroke, are serious and may even be fatal. If you or a loved one has suffered from a side effect which you believe to be associated with Avastin, contact an Avastin attorney to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file an Avastin lawsuit against Genentech (Roche) in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, the medical cost of treating your injuries, and the pain and suffering endured by you and your family. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug. Drug companies like Genentech are responsible for the safety of their medications, and should be held accountable for any adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. With the help of an experienced Avastin lawyer, victims of Avastin side effects can collect the compensation they deserve and bring public attention to the potentially harmful nature of the cancer drug.

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