Taxol Dangers

The cancer drug Taxol® (paclitaxel) is not suitable for everyone. For example, some of the dangers of Taxol include potentially serious side effects. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience problems such as:
 
  • An irregular heart rhythm during an infusion
  • Blood in the stool
  • Difficulty breathing.
     
In clinical studies, side effects occurred in nearly all people using Taxol. Some of the most common side effects reported with it included:
 
  • Hair loss -- in up to 96 percent of people
  • Anemia -- up to 97 percent
  • Muscle pain -- up to 93 percent.
     
Other potential Taxol dangers include possible drug interactions and allergic reactions. You may not be able to take this medication if you have a low neutrophil count (below 1500 cells/mm3).
 
(To learn more about the dangers associated with this drug, click Taxol Side Effects and Taxol Warnings and Precautions. These articles also discuss what to tell your healthcare provider before using this chemotherapy medication and who may not be able to use it safely.)
 
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