Taxol® (paclitaxel) is an intravenous cancer drug that is used by itself or in combination with other medications. It is licensed for use in adults and comes in both brand-name and generic form.
Taxol works by interfering with certain structures within cancer cells. Although the medication can kill both healthy and cancerous cells, it has a greater effect on cells that multiply rapidly. Generally, cancer cells multiply more rapidly than healthy cells. Thus, they tend to be more affected by Taxol.
(For more details on how this drug works, click Taxol. This article tells you what you need to know about this medication, including how to take it, potential side effects, specific uses, and more.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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