Uses of medication:
Docetaxel belongs to the microtubule inhibitor class drug used in the treatment of:
- Breast Cancer (BC): This therapy is done when chemotherapy fails.
- Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): The drug is given when platinum therapy declines.
- Gastric Adenocarcinoma (GC)
- Cancer of Head and Neck (SCCHN)
- Hormone Refractory Prostate Cancer (HRPC)
Dosage: The taxotere should be given by an infusion directly into your vein. Your treatment will take about one hour.
Generally, patients receive this drug every 3 weeks. The taxotere amount and frequency of your infusions should be determined by your healthcare provider.
The most commonly reported docetaxel side effects include:
- Fluid retention
- Nail disorders.
Warnings and Precautions:
- Before starting the treatment monitor for myeloid leukemia or delayed myelodysplasia.
- People suffering from severe skin toxicity urgently require dose adjustment.
- Several neurologic reactions include temporary dose discontinuation or adjustment.
- Severe asthenia has been reported.
- During treatment use proper contraceptive measures to avoid pregnancy.
- Do not take taxotere 80mg during pregnancy as it can cause severe embryo-fetal toxicity.
- The docetaxel chemo drug should be avoided during breast-feeding, as it may harm your infant or child.