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How can I minimize the side effects of Zaltrap?

You can minimize the side effects of the cancer drug Zaltrap (ziv-aflibercept) by understanding its serious risks and telling your doctor if you're experiencing side effects so he or she can help you.

Zaltrap can cause severe bleeding; tell your doctor if you have bleeding or symptoms of possible internal bleeding, such as light-headedness.

This drug can also interfere with wound healing, so you shouldn't undergo any elective surgical procedures, including dental ones, without talking with your doctor first.

Zaltrap may raise your blood pressure; tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure that remains elevated or have symptoms such as severe headaches or light-headedness.

You should also let your doctor know if you have severe diarrhea, vomiting or severe abdominal pain or if you have symptoms of an infection, such as fever, chills or sore throat.

Zaltrap can cause birth defects if a woman takes it while pregnant or if a man fathers a child while taking it. You should use a highly effective method of birth control to prevent pregnancy while on treatment with Zaltrap.

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