Your individual dose of Docefrez will be based on your weight, height, and other medications you are taking, among other factors. This chemotherapy medicine is given as an IV infusion by a healthcare provider. It is usually given once every three weeks. If you develop severe or intolerable side effects, your healthcare provider may give you a lower amount or recommend stopping this medicine.
An Introduction to Dosing With DocefrezThe dose of Docefrez™ (docetaxel) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, such as:
- Your height and weight
- The reason you are receiving the medication
- How you tolerate the medications
- Other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
What Is the Recommended Dosage of Docefrez?The usual recommended dose of Docefrez for the treatment of cancer is based on body surface area, which is calculated using your height and weight. You will usually receive the medication once every three weeks.
Your healthcare provider may reduce your dosage, recommend you skip a dose, or stop treatment altogether if you experience potentially serious or bothersome side effects, such as extremely low white blood cell counts or severe skin reactions. Also, people who take certain other medicines may need a lower Docefrez dose (see Docefrez Drug Interactions).
You will need to take a corticosteroid medication, such as dexamethasone (Decadron®), for three days each time you receive Docefrez, starting one day before your dose. The usual dexamethasone dosage is 8 mg twice a day. People who are using Docefrez with prednisone for prostate cancer will take 8 mg of dexamethasone 12 hours, 3 hours, and 1 hour before their Docefrez dosage. Make sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions for this premedication.