Taxotere® (docetaxel) is a prescription drug used to treat several types of cancer, including breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, and prostate cancer.
It is generally a safe and effective medication. However, since this chemotherapy drug kills both healthy cells and cancer cells, it can cause problems such as:
- Hair loss
- Mouth sores
- Nerve pain
Taxotere often causes fluid retention, which can be especially dangerous for people with congestive heart failure (CHF). In rare cases, this drug has been known to cause severe allergic reactions; if you experience an unexplained rash, swelling, or hives, seek immediate medical attention.
(For more information on the problems reported with this drug, click Taxotere Side Effects. This article offers an in-depth list of possible reactions, with statistics on how frequently these side effects occurred in clinical trials.)