Taxotere Side Effects
Hair loss, anemia, and low levels of certain white blood cells are the most common side effects of Taxotere. Problems that are less common, but potentially serious, include blood in the stool, severe mouth sores, and severe vomiting or diarrhea. In many cases, side effects are mild and easily treated. However, if you develop any serious side effects, be sure to seek medical attention right away.
An Introduction to Taxotere Side EffectsAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with Taxotere® (docetaxel). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience problems. 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 are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Taxotere. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Taxotere side effects with you.)
Common Taxotere Side EffectsTaxotere has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented. In these studies, the most common side effects of Taxotere included:
- Neutropenia (low levels of a certain type of white blood cell called neutrophils) -- in up to 100 percent of people
- Leukopenia (low levels of another type of white blood cell called leukocytes) -- up to 98.6 percent
- Anemia -- up to 94.6 percent (see Chemotherapy and Anemia)
- Hair loss -- up to 75.8 percent (see Taxotere and Hair Loss)
- Fluid retention -- up to 66.7 percent (see Fluid Retention During Chemotherapy)
- Mouth sores -- up to 66.7 percent (see Mouth and Gum Problems During Chemotherapy)
- Weakness -- up to 66.3 percent
- Nerve pain or unusual burning or tingling sensations -- up to 58.3 percent (see Nerve and Muscle Problems During Chemotherapy).
Other common side effects, occurring in 9 to 45 percent of people, included:
- Low platelets in the blood (see Blood Clotting Problems and Chemotherapy)
- Diarrhea (see Chemotherapy-Induced Diarrhea)
- Nail changes (see Skin and Nail Problems With Chemotherapy)
- Nausea (see Chemotherapy and Nausea)
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain.