Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Onxol
Generic Name: paclitaxel (Pronunciation: PAK li TAK sel)
What is paclitaxel (Onxol)?
Paclitaxel is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.
Paclitaxel may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of paclitaxel (Onxol)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about paclitaxel (Onxol)?
Do not use paclitaxel if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to paclitaxel, or to other medications that contain an ingredient called Cremophor EL (polyoxyethylated castor oil). This includes cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune) and teniposide (Vumon).
There are many other medicines that can interact with paclitaxel. Tell your doctor about all other chemotherapy treatments you are receiving, and about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Paclitaxel can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. Your blood may need to be tested often. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding injury. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Call your doctor if you have a serious side effect such as fever, flu symptoms, mouth sores, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, chest pain, trouble breathing, numbness or tingling, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), severe headache, buzzing in your ears, confusion, slow or uneven heartbeats, seizure (convulsions), or severe irritation where the medicine was injected.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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