Taxotere Side Effects

Taxotere Injury Attorneys

Taxotere is a commonly prescribed chemotherapy medication that is indicated for breast cancer, prostate cancer and certain types of lung cancers. Taxotere, and its’ other brand names Docefrez and Docetaxel, bring about serious side effects that other chemo drugs do not: permanent hair loss in about 10% of female patients.

If you, or a loved one, have suffered permanent hair loss from Taxotere you may be able to seek legal recourse via filing a mass tort lawsuit. Contact our Pittsburgh Taxotere lawsuit lawyers for a free consultation. They charge no fees if they do not recover for you.

Taxotere Side Effects

Common Taxotere side effects include: severe neutropenia, infection, severe thrombocytopenia, severe leukopenia, neutropenia, weakness, pain, increased serum aspartate aminotransferase, increased serum alanine aminotransferase, edema, peripheral edema, diarrhea, stomatitis, hypersensitivity, weight gain, myalgia, arthralgia, burning sensation, paresthesia, skin rash, alopecia, leukopenia, anemia, nausea, vomiting, fever, dysesthesia, thinning of nails, nail depigmentation, and nail hyperpigmentation.

Other side Taxotere effects include: increased serum alkaline phosphatase, desquamation, and increased serum bilirubin. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For The Patient

As well as its needed effects, docetaxel (the active ingredient contained in Taxotere) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following Taxotere side effects occur while taking docetaxel, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

Common Taxotere side effects:

  • Burning, numbness, tingling, or pain in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • swelling of the stomach, face, fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weight gain

Less common Taxotere side effects:

  • Black, tarry stools
  • blood in the urine or stools
  • cough or hoarseness (accompanied by fever or chills)
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • difficult or painful urination (accompanied by fever or chills)
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever or chills
  • hives or skin rash
  • itching, puffiness, or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • lower back or side pain (accompanied by fever or chills)
  • noisy, rattling breathing
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • red, scaly, swollen, or peeling areas of the skin (severe)
  • tightness in the chest
  • troubled breathing while at rest
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Rare but serious Taxotere side effects:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • decreased blood pressure
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • increased blood pressure

Some Docetaxel side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common:

  • Congestion
  • diarrhea
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • nausea
  • skin rash or redness (mild)
  • sores or ulcers on the lips or tongue or inside the mouth
  • weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet

Less common:

  • Bloody nose
  • body aches or pain
  • change in the color of the fingernails or toenails
  • dry, red, hot, or irritated skin at the injection site
  • headache
  • hoarseness
  • loosening or loss of the fingernails or toenails, sometimes painful
  • pain in the joints or muscles
  • pain, swelling, or lump under the skin at the injection site
  • runny nose
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • voice changes
  • vomiting

Incidence not known:

  • Burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • burning upper abdominal or stomach pain
  • confusion
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • discharge from the eyes
  • excessive tearing
  • pain and redness of the skin at the place of earlier radiation treatment
  • rapid breathing
  • redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • sunken eyes
  • tearing of the eyes
  • wrinkled skin

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