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Taxotere 20 mg Injection


Overview

Taxotere Injection side effects

Common
  • Infection
  • Decreased blood cell count
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle pain
  • Fluid retention
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Nail disorder
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain

How to use Taxotere Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Taxotere Injection works

Taxotere 20 mg Injection is an anticancer medication. It works by interfering with the microtubule structures which help the cancer cells to divide and multiply. This slows the growth of cancer cells and eventually kills them.

Taxotere Injection related warnings

Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Taxotere 20 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.
Lactation
UNSAFE
Taxotere 20 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.
Driving
It is not known whether Taxotere 20 mg Injection alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Kidney
SAFE
Taxotere 20 mg Injection is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Taxotere 20 mg Injection is recommended.
Liver
CAUTION
Taxotere 20 mg Injection should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Taxotere 20 mg Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

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Expert Advice

  • Taxotere 20 mg Injection is an anti-cancer medication used for the treatment of breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer and cancers of head and neck.
  • Do not take Taxotere 20 mg Injection if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Use reliable methods of contraception to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine.
  • Your doctor may get regular blood tests done to monitor your blood cells and liver function during treatment with this medicine.
  • It may cause side effects such as swelling of hands, lips, and weight gain. To reduce these side effects your doctor may suggest some medication along with this medicine called Corticosteroids.
  • Inform your doctor if you notice unexplained bruising or bleeding, sore throat, mouth ulcers, high temperature (fever) or other signs of infection.

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FAQs

Q. Does Taxotere cause weight gain?

Yes, Taxotere may cause weight gain. It may occur due to fluid retention which may initially make your feet swell and then gradually it will spread to the whole body. Call your doctor immediately if you notice swelling of feet.

Q. How long do I have to take Taxotere?

You should continue to take Taxotere as long as your doctor advises you. The duration of treatment varies with the type of cancer you have and other factors like your response to treatment. You should usually receive your infusion once every 3 weeks.

Q. Can I drink alcohol while on Taxotere?

Taxotere injection contains alcohol because of which you may experience confusion, stumbling, becoming very sleepy, or feeling like you are drunk. This may impair your ability to drive or use machinery right after receiving it. Hence, you should avoid alcohol during Taxotere therapy, as it may affect you adversely.

Q. What is Taxotere used for?

Taxotere is commonly used for breast cancer, certain types of lung cancer, prostate, stomach, and head and neck cancers. It works by restricting cells from growing and multiplying.

Q. Is Taxotere available in pill form?

No, Taxotere injection comes as a liquid to be given intravenously (into a vein) by a doctor or nurse in a hospital or clinic. It is usually given over 1 hour once every 3 weeks.

Q. What blood tests are required before administration of Taxotere?

Your doctor will ask you to get blood tests every time you have a scheduled dose of Taxotere. You may be asked to have blood tests, such as hemogram and liver function tests, to ensure that you have enough blood cells and that your liver is functioning well enough to receive Taxotere. In case of white blood cells disturbances, you may experience associated fever or infections.

Q. Is hair loss caused by Taxotere irreversible?

Hair loss is a common side effect of Taxotere. Normal hair growth may resume after stopping Taxotere. However, in some cases there is permanent hair loss. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns regarding hair loss.

Q. Why is dexamethasone used with Taxotere?

Taxotere may cause fluid retention (swelling in the hands, feet, ankles and legs) as well as severe hypersensitivity reactions. To control such possibilities from occurring all patients are given corticosteroids (dexamethasone) for 3 days starting 1 day prior to Taxotere administration. In case of prostate cancer (metastatic castration-resistant), the recommended regimen is oral dexamethasone given at 12 hours, 3 hours, and 1 hour before the Taxotere infusion.

Q. What type of drug is Taxotere?

Taxotere belongs to the group of anti-cancer medicines called taxoids. It works by stopping the growth and spread of cancer cells.

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