Taxotere (docetaxel) is a chemotherapy drug that is widely used to treat breast, ovarian, and some types of lung cancer. It is also used in men with advanced prostate cancer that no longer responds to hormone therapy.
Like all chemotherapy agents, there are a variety of side effects that can occur -- some of them potentially serious or even life-threatening. Most of these are due to Taxotere's action of blocking the division of cells. The most rapidly dividing cells in the body are preferentially affected by this drug -- including cancer cells, hair cells, blood cells, and many other types of normal cells.
What Are the Most Dangerous Potential Side Effects of Taxotere?
- Allergic reactions
- Infections due to low white blood cell counts
- Excessive bleeding or bruising due to low platelet counts
- Anemia due to low red blood cell counts
- Respiratory problems
- Decreased blood pressure, resulting in lightheadedness or fainting
- Irregular heart beat
- Damage to the function of the liver
What Are Other Somewhat Common Side Effects?
- Hair loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fingernail changes
- Pain in the muscles
- Flushing or sweating
- Bone pain