Taxol is used in the treatment of breast, lung and ovarian cancer. It is also used in the treatment of Kaposi's sarcoma associated with AIDS


What is Taxol?


Taxol interferes with the formation of certain cellular structures, the microtubules, thereby compromising the ability of the cell growth and slowing the spread of the tumor cells in the organs of the body.


How should Taxol be taken?


Taxol is administered through an injection directly into a vein.


Side effects associated with Taxol


Treatment with Taxol may increase the risk of infection or bleeding.


Among the other possible adverse effects are included:


  • Pain, swelling, redness or change in color of the skin at the injection site
  • Muscle or joint aches
  • Mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Hair loss


It is important to immediately contact a doctor if taking Taxol triggers any of the following symptoms:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Itching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Convulsions
  • Paleness, bruising or bleeding, unusual fatigue
  • Fever, chills, aches, flu-like symptoms
  • White patches or blisters inside the mouth or on the lips
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in the hands or feet
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Warmth or redness under the skin


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Taxol


Before starting the treatment it is important to tell your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, to other components, to drugs (in particular to paclitaxel or medications containing polyoxyethylated castor oil) or food
  • You are taking other medications, herbal remedies and supplements
  • You suffer (or have suffered) from liver or heart disease
  • You have a very weak immune system
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding