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WHAT IS PACLITAXEL?
Paclitaxel is an anti-cancer ("antineoplastic" or "cytotoxic") chemotherapy drug.Paclitaxel is classified as a "plant alkaloid," a "taxane" and an "antimicrotubule agent." Paclitaxel belongs to a class of chemotherapy drugs called plant alkaloids. Plant alkaloids are made from plants. The vinca alkaloids are made from the periwinkle plant (catharanthus rosea). The taxanes are made from the bark of the Pacific Yew tree (taxus).
Paclitaxel Is Used For Treatment of breast, ovarian, lung, bladder, prostate, melanoma, esophageal, as well as other types of solid tumor cancers. It has also been used in Kaposi's sarcoma.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; feeling like you might pass out; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
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; jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
severe redness or swelling, severe irritation, a hard lump, or skin changes where the injection was given.
Common side effects may include:
mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation; weakness; joint or muscle pain; darkening of your skin or nails; or temporary hair loss.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Unopened vials of Paclitaxel are stable until the date indicated on the package when stored between 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F) in the original package. Neither freezing nor refrigeration adversely affects the stability of the product.