Erbitux (generic: cetuximab) is a prescription medication used to treat cancers of the colon and rectum. It is also used to treat head and neck cancer. This medication may be used in combination with other medicines or radiation therapy. Erbitux belongs to a group of drugs called epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antagonists, which inhibit cancer cells from growing.
This medication comes in an injectable form and is to be injected intravenously (into a vein) at a hospital or clinic. It is usually given once a week.
Common side effects of Erbitux include acne-like rash, dry or cracking skin, and hair loss.