When and How to Take ItSome general considerations for when and how to take Taxotere include the following:
- The medication is administered intravenously (through an IV). Each infusion is given over a one-hour period.
- You will need to take an oral steroid, such as dexamethasone (Decadron®), before (and sometimes after) each dose in order to prevent fluid retention and allergic reactions.
- Most people receive their injection at their healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or at an "infusion center."
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Taxotere will not work as well if you stop taking it before your healthcare provider recommends.
Dosing InformationThe dose of Taxotere your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The type of cancer being treated
- Your height and weight
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Taxotere Dosage for more information.)
Side Effects of TaxotereAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with Taxotere. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
- Neutropenia (low levels of a certain type of white blood cell called neutrophils)
- Leukopenia (low levels of another type of white blood cell called leukocytes)
- Anemia (see Chemotherapy and Anemia)
- Hair loss (see Taxotere and Hair Loss).
(Click Taxotere Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)