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    Information about Docetaxel

    Docetaxel uses

    Docetaxel is used in the treatment of breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer and cancer of head and neck.

    How docetaxel works

    Docetaxel 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.

    Common side effects of docetaxel

    Infection, Decreased blood cell count, Neuropathy, Difficulty in swallowing, Breathing difficulty, Constipation, Loss of appetite, Nail disorder, Fluid retention, Weakness
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    Expert advice for Docetaxel

    • Docetaxel 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.
    • It is given as an intravenous (IV) injection into your vein, usually over 1 hour and every three weeks.
    • Do not take Docetaxel 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.
    • Inform your doctor if you notice unexplained bruising or bleeding, sore throat, mouth ulcers, high temperature (fever) or other signs of infection.
    • Talk to your doctor if you have sudden weight gain or if you have swelling in your arms and legs that doesn't go away.

    Frequently asked questions for Docetaxel


    Q. Is Docetaxel a taxane, anthracycline derivative?

    Docetaxel belongs to the taxane class of drugs. It is not an anthracycline derivative

    Q. Is Docetaxel cytotoxic?

    Yes. Since, Docetaxel kills the cancer cells in the body; it is regarded as a cytotoxic agent

    Q. Does Docetaxel cause hair loss, weight gain or bone pain?

    Docetaxel may cause hair loss, bone pain or weight gain due to fluid retention. If you experience any such symptoms, please consult your doctor

    Q. Where does Docetaxel come from?

    Docetaxel is derived from the bark of the yew tree found in the pacific region

    Q. Is Docetaxel FDA approved?

    Yes. Docetaxel is approved by the USFDA.

    Content on this page was last updated on 08 January, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)