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Paclitaxel Tablets

Paclitaxel Tablets Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Onxol

Generic Name: paclitaxel (Pronunciation: PAK li TAK sel)

What is paclitaxel (Paclitaxel Tablets)?

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.

What are the possible side effects of paclitaxel (Paclitaxel Tablets)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
  • slow heart rate, feeling like you might pass out;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • chest pain, dry cough, wheezing, feeling short of breath;
  • numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands or feet;
  • severe redness or swelling, severe irritation, a hard lump, or skin changes where the injection was given;
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, uneven heartbeats).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation;
  • weakness;
  • joint or muscle pain;
  • darkening of your skin or nails;
  • temporary hair loss; or
  • mild pain, swelling, or skin color changes where the medicine was injected.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Paclitaxel Tablets (paclitaxel) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about paclitaxel (Paclitaxel Tablets)?

Do not use paclitaxel if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.

You should not receive 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 have HIV, AIDS, Kaposi's sarcoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or liver disease.

There are many other medicines that can interact with paclitaxel. Tell your doctor about all other chemotherapy treatments you are receiving, and about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.

Paclitaxel can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. Your blood may need to be tested often. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding injury. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.

Call your doctor if you have a serious side effect such as fever, flu symptoms, mouth sores, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, chest pain, trouble breathing, numbness or tingling, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), severe headache, buzzing in your ears, confusion, slow or uneven heartbeats, seizure (convulsions), or severe irritation where the medicine was injected.

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