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Taxotere Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is docetaxel (Taxotere)?
- What are the possible side effects of docetaxel (Taxotere)?
- What is the most important information I should know about docetaxel (Taxotere)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving docetaxel (Taxotere)?
- How is docetaxel given (Taxotere)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Taxotere)?
- What happens if I overdose (Taxotere)?
- What should I avoid while receiving docetaxel (Taxotere)?
- What other drugs will affect docetaxel (Taxotere)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Taxotere)?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your docetaxel injection, or if you miss a dose of your steroid medication.
What happens if I overdose (Taxotere)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include some of the serious side effects listed in this medication guide.
What should I avoid while receiving docetaxel (Taxotere)?
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding or injury. Use extra care to prevent bleeding while shaving or brushing your teeth.
What other drugs will affect docetaxel (Taxotere)?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- conivaptan (Vaprisol);
- imatinib (Gleevec);
- isoniazid (for treating tuberculosis);
- an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), dalfopristin/quinupristin (Synercid), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole), or telithromycin (Ketek);
- antifungal medication such as clotrimazole (Mycelex Troche), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Extina, Ketozole, Nizoral, Xolegal), or voriconazole (Vfend);
- an antidepressant such as nefazodone;
- heart or blood pressure medication such as diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem), nicardipine (Cardene), quinidine (Quin-G), verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan), and others; or
- HIV/AIDS medicine such as atazanavir (Reyataz), delavirdine (Rescriptor), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), saquinavir (Invirase), or ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with docetaxel. Tell your doctor 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.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about docetaxel.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Taxotere Information
- Taxotere Drug Interactions Center: docetaxel iv
- Taxotere Side Effects Center
- Taxotere FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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