Taxol Risks

As a type of chemotherapy drug, Taxol® (paclitaxel) has been shown to be effective for certain types of cancer, including breast cancer, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer. However, as with any medication, Taxol does pose risks. For example, up to 97 percent of people developed anemia when using Taxol in clinical studies.
In addition to anemia, possible side effects may include:
  • Slow heart rate
  • Nerve pain
  • Unusual sensations of burning or tingling.
Before starting treatment with this chemotherapy drug, it's important to tell your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have, such as liver disease or an infection. In addition, Taxol can negatively interact with certain medications, so tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you are currently taking, including nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Taxol Warnings and Precautions and Taxol Side Effects for more details on the drug's risks. These articles talk about the problems that were reported in clinical trials and give more in-depth information on what to discuss with your healthcare provider.)
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