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What is Docetaxel used for?

Docetaxel infusion is an anticancer medication used to treat breast cancer. It belongs to a family of drugs called taxanes. This injection medicine works by stopping the multiplication of cancer cells. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Docetaxel?

The dosage of Docetaxel prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Docetaxel?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to receive Docetaxel injection in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, call your doctor as soon as possible.

What if you overdose on Docetaxel?

Any medication received in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Docetaxel, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Docetaxel?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Docetaxel.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Docetaxel, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Docetaxel can interact with other cancer medications.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Docetaxel?

Like other medicines, Docetaxel can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Docetaxel are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Docetaxel cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Docetaxel develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Docetaxel can cause side effects such as mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, weakness, loss of appetite, and pain at the injection site. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Docetaxel.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Docetaxel?

Is it possible for me to receive Docetaxel with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I receive Docetaxel?
What are the possible drug interactions of Docetaxel?
How will Docetaxel work in my body?
How to reduce the risk of Docetaxel drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Docetaxel is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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