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Paclitaxel

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

Paclitaxel - What is it for

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

Paclitaxel - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Paclitaxel cause?

During infusion  

  • Allergic reaction is rare, but may occur.
    Please alert your nurse if you experience any shortness of breath, chest discomfort, flushing or itching during the infusion.

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.
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint and muscle pain or weakness.

Delayed side effects

  • A drop in the white blood cell counts may occur 7 to 14 days after treatment.
  • Temporary hair loss may occur several weeks after treatment.
  • Numbness, tingling or burning sensation on fingers and toes.

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever of 38°C or higher.
  • Sore throat, voice hoarseness or mouth sores.
  • Skin rash, itching or unusual redness.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising or black tarry stools.

Before taking Paclitaxel, what precautions must I follow?

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

Paclitaxel - Dosage and How to Use

How should Paclitaxel be used?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Paclitaxel - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Paclitaxel safely?

How should I store Paclitaxel?

How should I dispose of Paclitaxel safely?

Paclitaxel - Additional Information

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

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