Taxotere® (docetaxel) is a prescription drug used to treat various types of cancer. It is part of a group of chemotherapy medications called taxanes. This product does not come in the form of a pill. Rather, Taxotere is given through an IV.
Each dose of Taxotere 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 a steroid, such as dexamethasone (Decadron®), before each dose of Taxotere.
You should talk to your healthcare provider before receiving this medication if you have any infection, any allergies, or a history of low white blood cell levels.
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