Medicine Overview of Petaxel Injection
Side Effects of Petaxel are Nausea, Vomiting, Weakness, Rash, Low blood platelets, Upper respiratory tract infection, Urinary tract infection, Bleeding, Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Decreased blood pressure, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Peripheral neuropathy (tingling and numbness of feet and hand), Hair loss, Diarrhoea, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils).
Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.
Petaxel 260 mg Injection blocks replication of genetic material (DNA) in the cancer cells. Thus it stops the growth and multiplication of cancer cells.
In Depth Information on Petaxel Injection
- 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.
Petaxel Injection related warnings
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Petaxel 260 mg 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.
Petaxel 260 mg Injection is unsafe to use during lactation.
Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby, or the mother is suffering from a condition in which breastfeeding is not advisable.
Do not drive unless you are feeling well.
As there is no reason why you cannot continue driving between courses of Petaxel 260 mg Injection but you should remember that this medicine contains some alcohol and it may be unwise to drive
Petaxel 260 mg Injection is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Petaxel 260 mg Injection is recommended.
However, talk to your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease.
Petaxel 260 mg Injection should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Petaxel 260 mg Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Petaxel 260 mg Injection is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.
If you miss a dose of Petaxel 260 mg Injection, please consult your doctor.
Questions Related to Petaxel
This query is for my mother. She was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 1 a couple of years back. It was thus treated with surgery followed by radiology. The doctor has since put her on anastrozole 1mg tablet daily for 5 years. She has been taking altraz 1mg by alkem laboratories since inception but now we have found a same salt medicine named elinal 1mg by emcure pharmaceuticals with same composition. Is elinal an equally effective medicine and can be taken in lieu of altraz? Reason for switching: elinal costs 80% less than altraz.
Dr. Megha Tuli
Hi PATIENT understand your concern. Emcee is a very good brand too. There is technically no difference in the two medicines. However I would suggest you verify with your treating doctor in this case because in case later something goes wrong in future, your doctor will only blame you that you checnged the medicine without consulting him and that is reason the patient has deteriorated. Cancer is known to be notorious. I have myself lost 2 very close family members to breast cancer. Do not take me wrong. I'm only asking you to verify with your doctor so that in future you face no problems in this account.
I want to know the symptoms of cancer as I am a smoker
Dr. Vijay Sharnangat
Symptoms for cancer depends upon which organ involved. For smokers , definitely chronic , they have possibility to develop lung cancer, head and neck cancers, oesophagus cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer and so more on. General symptoms would be like loss of appetite, weight loss, low grade fever in some cases, chronic cough for long time.
Frequently asked questions about Petaxel Injection
Q. Is Petaxel generic/ taxane/ FDA approved/cytotoxic?
Yes, Petaxel is generic/ taxane/ FDA approved/ cytotoxic
Q. Is Petaxel a vesicant?
Petaxel is usually a vesicant (irritant)
Q. Is Petaxel light sensitive/ hydrophobic/ cardiotoxic?
Yes, Petaxel is light sensitive/ hydrophobic/ cardiotoxic
Q. Does Petaxel cause hair loss?
Yes, Petaxel may cause hair loss as a side effect. Please inform your doctor about any side effect while you are on Petaxel therapy
Q. What is Petaxel derived from?
Petaxel is derived from bark of the Pacific yew, Taxus brevifolia.
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