- What is docetaxel, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for docetaxel?
- Is docetaxel available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for docetaxel?
- What are the side effects of docetaxel?
- What is the dosage for docetaxel?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with docetaxel?
- Is docetaxel safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about docetaxel?
What is docetaxel, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Docetaxel is a drug that is used primarily for treating breast cancer. Docetaxel works by attacking cancer cells. Every cell in the body contains a supporting structure (almost like a skeleton) called the microtubular network. If this "skeleton" is changed or damaged, the cell can't grow or reproduce. Docetaxel makes the "skeleton" in cancer cells unnaturally stiff, so that these cells can no longer grow.
What brand names are available for docetaxel?
Is docetaxel available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for docetaxel?
What are the side effects of docetaxel?
Following are some of the common side effects associated with docetaxel. Patients who have these or other side effects should tell their doctor or nurse.
Quick GuideBreast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
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