What is Paclitaxel?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Taxol Abraxane

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See also: Doxorubicin-cyclophosphamide-paclitaxel (ACT) Doxorubicin-cyclphophosphamide-paclitaxel-trastuzumab (AC-TH) Doxorubicin-cyclphophosphamide-paclitaxel-trastuzumab-pertuzumab (AC-THP) Paclitaxel-trastuzumab-pertuzumab (THP) Paclitaxel-trastuzumab (TH)

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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Breast Cancer 7 2
Ovarian Cancer 7 3
Lung Cancer 3 1
Endometrial cancer 2 0
Bone Metastases 1 0
Esophageal Cancer 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 3
Mild 1
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paclitaxel

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 2
Fatigue 2
Hair loss 2
Neuropathy 2
Breathing difficulty 1
Chest tightness 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Paclitaxel

Dosage Patients
45 mg/m2 weekly 1
100 mg weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Paclitaxel

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 13
Doctor's advice 3
Other 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently taking Paclitaxel

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Paclitaxel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 0
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 5
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1 patient evaluation for Paclitaxel

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Jansim
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Jansim
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 54
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
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I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See Jansim's full Paclitaxel history

Jul 14, 2014 (Started Mar 20, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Breast Cancer)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Same effect on RA.

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