Paclitaxel is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Paclitaxel is used to treat breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and lung cancer. It is also used to treat AIDS-related Kaposi’s sarcoma.

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  • Onxol, Taxol
  • More common
    Black or tarry stools
    blurred vision
    burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
    cough or hoarseness with fever or chills
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    feeling of warmth
    fever or chills
    lower back or side pain
    painful or difficult urination
    pale skin
    redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
    shortness of breath
    skin rash or itching
    sore throat
    troubled breathing with exertion
    ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
    unsteadiness or awkwardness
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
    Less common
    Blood in the urine or stools
    difficult or labored breathing
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    shortness of breath (severe)
    slow heartbeat
    tightness in the chest
    Incidence not known
    blue lips, fingernails, or skin
    difficult or troubled breathing
    fast heartbeat
    irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
    sudden shortness of breath
    Some paclitaxel side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    More common
    Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
    cracked lips
    difficulty with swallowing
    hair loss
    nausea or vomiting
    numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
    pain in the joints or muscles, especially in the arms or legs
    thinning of the hair
  • (intravenous solution)