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Paclitexel Injection USP

Paclitexel Injection USP

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Paclitexel Injection USP is an anti-cancer ("antineoplastic" or "cytotoxic") chemotherapy drug. Paclitexel is classified as a "plant alkaloid," a "taxane" and an "antimicrotubule agent."

What Paclitexel Injection USP is used for:

  • Paclitexel is used for the treatment of breast, ovarian, lung, bladder, prostate, melanoma, esophageal

  • Other types of solid tumor cancers

  • It has also been used in Kaposi's sarcoma

Note:

If a drug has been approved for one use, physicians sometimes elect to use this same drug for other problems if they believe it might be helpful

How Paclitexel Injection USP is given:

  • Paclitexel is given as an injection or infusion into the vein (intravenous, IV)

  • If the medication escapes from the vein it can cause tissue damage. The nurse or doctor who gives Paclitexel must be carefully trained. If you experience pain or notice redness or swelling at the IV site while you are receiving Paclitexel, alert your health care professional immediately

  • Because severe allergic reactions have occurred in some people taking Paclitexel, you will be asked to take medications to help prevent a reaction. Your doctor will prescribe the exact regimen

  • Paclitexel is given over various amounts of times and in various schedules

  • There is no pill form of Paclitexel

  • The amount of Paclitexel and the schedule that it is given will receive depend on many factors, including your height and weight, your general health or other health problems, and the type of cancer or condition being treated. Your doctor will determine your dose and schedule

 Side Effects of Paclitexel Injection USP:

  • Paclitexel is an irritant. An irritant is a chemical that can cause inflammation of the vein through which it is given
  • Most people do not experience all of the side effects listed
  • Side effects are often predictable in terms of their onset and duration
  • Side effects are almost always reversible and will go away after treatment is complete
  • There are many options to help minimize or prevent side effects
  • There is no relationship between the presence or severity of side effects and the effectiveness of the medication
  • The side effects of Paclitexel and their severity vary depending on how much of the drug is given, and/or the schedule in which it is given