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paclitaxel protein-bound (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving paclitaxel protein-bound (Abraxane)?

You should not use paclitaxel protein-bound if you are allergic to it, or if you have a low white blood cell count.

To make sure you can safely receive paclitaxel protein-bound, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease;
  • heart disease, heart rhythm disorder; or
  • bone marrow suppression.

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use paclitaxel protein-bound if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

Use birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are receiving paclitaxel protein-bound, whether you are a man or a woman. Paclitaxel protein-bound use by either parent may cause birth defects.

It is not known whether paclitaxel protein-bound passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are receiving paclitaxel protein-bound.

How is paclitaxel protein-bound given (Abraxane)?

Paclitaxel protein-bound is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting. Paclitaxel protein-bound must be given slowly, and the IV infusion can take at least 30 minutes to complete.

Paclitaxel protein-bound is usually given once every 3 weeks. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

Tell your caregivers if you feel any burning, pain, or swelling around the IV needle when paclitaxel protein-bound is injected.

To make sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor.

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