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Taxotere is an anticancer medicine used to treat certain cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, stomach, or head and neck. Taxotere is administered intravenously (injected directly into a vein).
How does this medication work?
Taxotere is thought to work by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells in the body.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By stopping the growth of cancer cells, Taxotere may help to relieve your symptoms associated with cancer.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Taxotere may cause potentially life-threatening problems, especially if you have liver problems, receive high doses of Taxotere, or have lung cancer and have been treated with chemotherapy medicines that contain platinum.
Your healthcare provider will do routine blood tests during treatment with Taxotere. Your healthcare provider will also monitor your white blood cell counts. People with low white blood cell counts can develop severe infections.
Taxotere can cause serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as rash, redness, low blood pressure, and trouble breathing. Tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of severe allergic reactions to Taxotere or to other medicines that contain polysorbate 80.
Taxotere may cause fluid retention, with symptoms such as swelling, shortness of breath at rest, or abdominal (stomach area) expansion.
More common side effects may include: changes in your sense of taste; shortness of breath; constipation; loss of appetite; nail disorders; swelling of your hands, face, or feet; lack of strength; nausea; diarrhea; vomiting; mouth or lip sores; hair loss; joint and muscle pain; skin reactions.
Less common side effects may include:
Acute myeloid leukemia (a type of blood cancer), in people who receive treatment with Taxotere along with certain other medicines.
Neurologic reactions, with symptoms such as tingling, numbness, or burning of your hands or feet.
Vision problems, with symptoms such as blurry vision or loss of vision.
Harm to your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while receiving Taxotere.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Taxotere to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to other medicines that contain polysorbate 80.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Taxotere to you if you have low white blood cell counts.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Taxotere. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have eye or liver problems, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.
Your healthcare provider will administer Taxotere to you.
Taxotere is usually given once every 3 weeks. Each treatment with Taxotere may take about 1 hour.
To lower the chance of an allergic reaction, you will receive other medicines (such as dexamethasone) before each treatment with Taxotere. Always follow your healthcare provider's instructions.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
Do not become pregnant or breastfeed while you are receiving Taxotere. Talk to your healthcare provider about effective birth control methods.
Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities until you know how Taxotere affects you.
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Taxotere.
If Taxotere is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Taxotere may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Taxotere can harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. The effects of Taxotere during breastfeeding are unknown. Do not become pregnant or breastfeed while you are receiving Taxotere. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Taxotere should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.
Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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