Generic Taxotere

DOCETAXEL is a chemotherapy drug. It targets fast dividing cells, like cancer cells, and causes these cells to die. This medicine is used to treat many types of cancers like breast cancer, certain stomach cancers, head and neck cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer. Compare microtubule inhibitors.

Docetaxel Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. You will need important blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

This drug may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon, as chemotherapy can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your doctor tells you to stop.

In some cases, you may be given additional medicines to help with side effects. Follow all directions for their use.

Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills or sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. This drug decreases your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.

This medicine may increase your risk to bruise or bleed. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice any unusual bleeding.

This medicine may contain alcohol in the product. You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.


Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

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

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


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


Chest pain or discomfort

decreased blood pressure

fast or irregular heartbeat

increased blood pressure

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common



dryness or soreness of the throat


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



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


incidence not known

Burning, dry, or itching eyes

burning upper abdominal or stomach pain


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

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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