Generic Name: paclitaxel, Parenteral Solution

Onxol ,Taxol

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  • Onxol
  • Taxol
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Highlights for paclitaxel

Parenteral Solution
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PACLITAXEL (PAK li TAX el) is a chemotherapy drug. It targets fast dividing cells, like cancer cells, and causes these cells to die. This medicine is used to treat ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and other cancers.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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paclitaxel Side Effects

Parenteral Solution

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • low blood counts - This drug may decrease the number of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. You may be at increased risk for infections and bleeding.
  • signs of infection - fever or chills, cough, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine
  • signs of decreased platelets or bleeding - bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin, black, tarry stools, nosebleeds
  • signs of decreased red blood cells - unusually weak or tired, fainting spells, lightheadedness
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain
  • high or low blood pressure
  • mouth sores
  • nausea and vomiting
  • pain, swelling, redness or irritation at the injection site
  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • swelling of the ankle, feet, hands

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • bone pain
  • complete hair loss including hair on your head, underarms, pubic hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes
  • changes in the color of fingernails
  • diarrhea
  • loosening of the fingernails
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle or joint pain
  • red flush to skin
  • sweating
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paclitaxel May Interact with Other Medications

Parenteral Solution

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • disulfiram
  • metronidazole

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • cyclosporine
  • diazepam
  • ketoconazole
  • medicines to increase blood counts like filgrastim, pegfilgrastim, sargramostim
  • other chemotherapy drugs like cisplatin, doxorubicin, epirubicin, etoposide, teniposide, vincristine
  • quinidine
  • testosterone
  • vaccines
  • verapamil

Talk to your doctor or health care professional before taking any of these medicines:

  • acetaminophen
  • aspirin
  • ibuprofen
  • ketoprofen
  • naproxen
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How to Use paclitaxel

Parenteral Solution

This drug is given as an infusion into a vein. It is administered in a hospital or clinic by a specially trained health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • blood disorders
  • irregular heartbeat
  • infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
  • liver disease
  • previous or ongoing radiation therapy
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to paclitaxel, alcohol, polyoxyethylated castor oil, other chemotherapy agents, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. You will need important blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

This drug may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon, as chemotherapy can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your doctor tells you to stop.

In some cases, you may be given additional medicines to help with side effects. Follow all directions for their use.

Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills or sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. This drug decreases your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.

This medicine may increase your risk to bruise or bleed. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice any unusual bleeding.

Be careful brushing and flossing your teeth or using a toothpick because you may get an infection or bleed more easily. If you have any dental work done, tell your dentist you are receiving this medicine.

Avoid taking products that contain aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or ketoprofen unless instructed by your doctor. These medicines may hide a fever.

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.

Men are advised not to father a child while receiving this medicine.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

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