docetaxel - injection, Taxotere

GENERIC NAME: DOCETAXEL - INJECTION (doh-seh-TAX-ell)

BRAND NAME(S): Taxotere

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WARNING: Docetaxel has caused severe (rarely fatal) allergic reactions and swelling (fluid retention/edema) even with the use of preventive medications. This drug must not be used in patients who have previously had an allergic reaction to it or to other medications containing polysorbate 80.

There is an increased risk of serious (possibly fatal) reactions in patients using docetaxel who have liver problems, patients receiving higher doses, and patients with non-small cell lung cancer who have received certain other chemotherapy drugs known as "platinums."

If you have a low white blood cell count or liver problems, notify your doctor before using docetaxel.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience swelling, dizziness or fainting, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, severe swelling of the abdomen, skin rash, easy bleeding or bruising, sores in the mouth or throat, or symptoms of infection such as fever and sore throat.

Your doctor will closely monitor you and your blood counts and liver tests while you are receiving docetaxel.

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