You should not be treated with this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to docetaxel or to a preservative called polysorbate 80. You should not receive this medicine if you are pregnant or if you have a low number of white blood cells.
Medicines used to treat cancer are very strong and can have many side effects. Before receiving this medicine, make sure you understand all the risks and benefits. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor during your treatment.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Your doctor may tell you to take a steroid medicine such as dexamethasone (Decadron®) to help prevent some of the side effects of docetaxel. Your doctor will tell you how and when to take this medicine. You might want to write your medicine schedule on a calendar to help you remember. If you forget, be sure and tell your doctor or health caregiver before you receive your docetaxel treatment.
If a dose is missed:
This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or treatment clinic for instructions.
Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease.
This medicine lowers the number of some types of blood cells in your body. Because of this, you may bleed or get infections more easily. To help with these problems, avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Wash your hands often. Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured. Brush and floss your teeth gently. Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers.
This medicine can cause rashes, trouble breathing, or swelling. You will get medicine before your treatment to help prevent these problems.
Cancer medicines can cause nausea and/or vomiting in most people, sometimes even after receiving medicines to prevent it. Ask your doctor or nurse about other ways to control these side effects.
Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.