Paclitaxel is an anticancer drug used in the treatment of breast, nonsmall cell lung, and ovarian cancers; and AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma. Off label it has been used for bladder, cervical, small cell lung, and head and neck cancers.
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What is paclitaxel?
Paclitaxel is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.
Paclitaxel is used to treat breast cancer, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer. It is also used to treat AIDS-related Kaposi’s sarcoma.
Paclitaxel may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not be given this medication if you are allergic to paclitaxel, or to other medications that contain an ingredient called Cremophor EL (polyoxyethylated castor oil). This includes cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune) and teniposide (Vumon).
Before you receive paclitaxel, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
heart disease; or
a severely weak immune system.
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely receive paclitaxel.
FDA pregnancy category D. This medication can cause harm to an unborn baby. Do not receive paclitaxel without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether paclitaxel passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not receive this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Follow your doctor’s instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are being treated with paclitaxel.
Avoid being near people who have colds, the flu, or other contagious illnesses. Contact your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
There are many other medicines that can interact with paclitaxel. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list with you of all the medicines you use and show this list to any doctor or other healthcare provider who treats you.
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