If you have breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or non-small cell lung cancer, your healthcare provider may recommend treatment with Taxol® (paclitaxel). Taxol is a chemotherapy drug that is given intravenously (through an "IV").
Each dose of Taxol is given over a one-hour period. In most cases, people receive their injection at their healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or at an infusion center. To prevent allergic reactions and fluid retention, you will be given certain medications before each IV dose of Taxol. These medications include products such as:
You should talk to your healthcare provider before receiving Taxol if you have any infection, any allergies, or a history of low white blood cell levels.
(To learn more about this IV medication, click Taxol. This article discusses how your dosage will be determined, safety issues to keep in mind, side effect information, and more.)