Taxol (Paclitaxel) Drug Information

If you have breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or lung cancer, your healthcare provider may recommend a chemotherapy drug called Taxol® (paclitaxel). This medication is given in the form of an IV (intravenously) and belongs to a group of chemotherapy medications called taxanes.
 
Taxol has the potential to cause dangerous side effects, so it's important to understand the medicine's safety information before treatment begins. Some of the most commonly reported side effects include hair loss, nausea, and anemia. If you experience potentially serious reactions, such as difficulty breathing, an irregular heart rhythm, or blood in the stool, tell your healthcare provider right away.
 
(For more details on this drug, including its availability as generic paclitaxel, click Taxol. This article also explains how it works, lists other possible side effects, and explains why you may need to take certain medications before each dose.)
 
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