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Composition FOR CYTAX

Paclitaxel(200 mg)

food interaction for CYTAX

alcohol interaction for CYTAX

pregnancy interaction for CYTAX

lactation interaction for CYTAX

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Cytax 200mg injection at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Cytax 200mg injection is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Cytax 200mg injection is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Paclitaxel(200 mg)


Cytax 200mg injection is used in the treatment of breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer

How it works

Cytax 200mg injection blocks replication of genetic material (DNA) in the cancer cells. Thus it stops the growth and multiplication of cancer cells.

Common side effects

Nausea, Pain, Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Hair loss, Injection site redness, Injection site swelling, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Skin redness, Dry mouth, Sore mouth, Vomiting, Weakness


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Expert advice FOR CYTAX

  • Inform your doctor if you have a history of heart problems, liver problems or low production of blood cells from the bone marrow (myelosupression).
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you observe allergic reactions such as shortness of breath, irregular heart-beats, dizziness, swelling of face or rash; tingling, burning or numbness in finger or toes.
  • Inform your doctor if you are taking radiation therapy of the lungs or if you have Kaposi’s sarcoma with a sore or inflamed mouth.
  • Women on this therapy should use two methods of contraception and 3 months after it.
  • Men who are going to use this therapy should not father a child and 3 months post it. They should also seek guidance and counselling on sperm conservation before taking this therapy.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as paclitaxel may cause some dizziness, nausea or tiredness.
  • Paclitaxel is not recommended for children below 18 years.
  • Ensure that you receive anti-allergic medication before the therapy to prevent any allergic response.

Frequently asked questions FOR CYTAX


Q. Is paclitaxel generic/ taxane/ FDA approved/cytotoxic?
Yes, paclitaxel is generic/ taxane/ FDA approved/ cytotoxic

Q. Is paclitaxel a vesicant?
Paclitaxel is usually a vesicant (irritant)

Q. Is paclitaxel light sensitive/ hydrophobic/ cardiotoxic?
Yes, paclitaxel is light sensitive/ hydrophobic/ cardiotoxic

Q. Does paclitaxel cause hair loss?
Yes, paclitaxel may cause hair loss as a side effect. Please inform your doctor about any side effect while you are on paclitaxel therapy

Q. What is paclitaxel derived from?
Paclitaxel is derived from bark of the Pacific yew, Taxus brevifolia.


Content on this page was last updated on 12 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)