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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
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:
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