This medication is a Cytotoxic Chemotherapy agent, prescribed for ovarian and breast cancer. It slows or stops cancer cell growth.
Paclitaxel harms cancer cells causing their death.
It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.
Chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu. Fever, chills, itching, hives, chest pain or pressure, or shortness of breath when drug is given. Other drugs may be given to avoid these. Anemia, low white blood cell count, and low platelet count. Feeling tired or weak. Upset stomach or throwing up. Loose stools (diarrhea). Mouth and lip irritation. Using a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinsing the mouth may help. Do not use mouth rinses that have alcohol in them. Hair loss. Hair most often grows back when this drug is stopped. Flushing. Swelling. Numbness and tingling. Muscle or joint pain. May not be able to get pregnant.
Call your doctor for an office visit.
If you have an allergy to paclitaxel or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs. If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. If you are breast-feeding.
Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain. Trouble breathing. Cough that does not go away. Very bad belly pain. Very upset stomach or throwing up. Very loose stools (diarrhea). Chest pain or pressure. Any bruising or bleeding. Very bad swelling. Very bad muscle or joint pain. Not able to eat. Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes. Feeling very tired or weak. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category D : There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
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