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Docetaxel

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Taxane Cancer-related

Docetaxel - What is it for

Docetaxel is an intravenous chemotherapy used alone or in combination with other agents for the treatment of certain types of cancer.


Docetaxel - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Docetaxel cause?

Early side effects

  • Mild nausea and vomiting may occur.
    There are medications available, which may prevent or decrease these side effects. If you are given these medications, take them as directed.
  • Allergic reaction is rare but may develop.
    Alert your nurse if you experience any shortness of breath, chest discomfort, flushing or itching during the infusion.
  • Fatigue and muscle discomfort.

Delayed side effects

  • A drop in the white blood cell counts may occur 5 to 10 days after treatment.
  • Temporary hair loss may occur several weeks after treatment.
  • Mild numbness, tingling or weakness on hands and/or feet may occur.
  • Dryness, rash or itching of the skin may be experienced. Nail changes may also occur.
  • Build-up of fluid may occur, which may cause leg swelling or unusual weight gain.
    To reduce this side effect, please take the dexamethasone tablets given as directed.

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever of 38°C or higher.
  • Sore throat, voice hoarseness or mouth sores.
  • Breathing difficulty or chest discomfort.
  • Swelling of arms or legs, or unusual weight gain.
  • Skin rash, itching or redness.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising or black tarry stools.

Before taking Docetaxel, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Docetaxel?

Docetaxel - Dosage and How to Use

How should Docetaxel be used?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Docetaxel - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Docetaxel safely?

How should I store Docetaxel?

How should I dispose of Docetaxel safely?

Docetaxel - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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