Information about Paclitaxel

Paclitaxel Uses

Paclitaxel is used in the treatment of breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer.

How Paclitaxel works

Paclitaxel 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 Paclitaxel

Nausea, Vomiting, Rash, Low blood platelets, Urinary tract infection, Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Hair loss, Diarrhea, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Edema (swelling), Joint pain, Muscle pain, Infection, Sensory neuropathy, Abnormal ECG, Fatigue, Increased bilirubin in the blood, Increased aspartate aminotransferase, Increased alkaline phosphatase level in blood, Fever, Pneumonia, Decreased appetite, Visual disturbance, Increased gamma-glutamyltransferase, Depression, Cough, Hypotension (low blood pressure), Cardiovascular reaction, Increased creatinine level in blood, Pneumonitis
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Available Medicine for Paclitaxel

TaxonabZydus Cadila
67391 variant(s)
IntaxelFresenius Kabi India Pvt Ltd
1206 to ₹41292 variant(s)
CytaxIntas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
3787 to ₹103344 variant(s)
Genexol PMLupin Ltd
182701 variant(s)
DutaxelSamarth Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
508 to ₹12032 variant(s)
MitotaxDr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
3266 to ₹40292 variant(s)
PaclitaxCipla Ltd
1108 to ₹115006 variant(s)
PetaxelBiochem Pharmaceutical Industries
4232 to ₹92712 variant(s)
GrosEmcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd
4021 to ₹104543 variant(s)
PacliteroHetero Drugs Ltd
36001 variant(s)

Expert advice for Paclitaxel

  • Paclitaxel is an anti-cancer medication used for the treatment of breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer.
  • It is given as an intravenous (IV) injection into your vein, usually over 1 hour and every three weeks.
  • Do not take Paclitaxel 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 Paclitaxel


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.


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