TAXOTERE Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • an infection
  • anemia
  • decreased blood platelets
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • low levels of a type of white blood cell called neutrophils
  • throat irritation
  • hair loss
  • a hypersensitivity reaction to a drug
  • peripheral sensory nerve disorder

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • widening of blood vessels
  • stomatitis, a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • constipation
  • absence of menstrual periods
  • abnormal peeling of skin
  • erythema or redness of skin or mucous membrane
  • a nail disorder
  • muscle pain
  • low energy
  • pain
  • taste impairment
  • a skin rash
  • decreased appetite
  • cough
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • a feeling of pins and needles on skin

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • low blood pressure
  • inflammation of the esophagus
  • significant redness of the skin
  • hives
  • high amount of bilirubin in the blood
  • temporary redness of face and neck
  • erythrodysesthesia or tingling, pain, redness, and edema in the hands and feet
  • abnormal liver function tests
  • a high alanine transaminase level
  • a high aspartate transaminase level

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • excessive watery eyes
  • red eyes
  • joint pain
  • dizziness
  • weight gain
  • difficulty swallowing
  • stomach cramps
  • reactions at the site of the injection

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • renal cell carcinoma
  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • acute myeloid leukemia, a type of blood cancer
  • low amount of magnesium in the blood
  • low amount of sodium in the blood
  • dehydration
  • low amount of potassium in the blood
  • a type of blood clotting disorder called disseminated intravascular coagulation
  • macular swelling and degeneration of the eye
  • hearing loss
  • high blood pressure
  • a heart attack
  • a sudden worsening of heart related chest pain called angina
  • a clot in the lung
  • abnormal heart electrical signals
  • atrial fibrillation
  • atrial flutter
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • heart failure
  • blood clot in a deep vein of the extremities
  • significantly low blood pressure
  • bleeding
  • pneumonia
  • a type of inflammation of the lung called interstitial pneumonitis
  • a condition where there is formation of fibrous tissue in the lung called pulmonary fibrosis
  • rapid onset of fluid in the lungs
  • lung failure causing loss of breath
  • acute respiratory distress syndrome, a type of lung disorder
  • bronchospasm
  • insufficient blood supply to the colon
  • inflammation of the small and large intestine
  • blocked bowels with decreased peristaltic movement
  • blockage of the stomach or intestine
  • a hole in the intestine
  • inflammation of the liver called hepatitis
  • kidney failure
  • decreased kidney function
  • erythema multiforme, a type of allergic skin reaction
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • a condition with symptoms that resemble lupus
  • muscle inflammation
  • myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow disorder
  • seizures
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • lung tissue problem
  • neutropenic colitis
  • a condition where parts of the skin becomes tough and tightened called pseudoscleroderma
  • a type of skin disorder called acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis
  • radiation recall syndrome
  • inflammation of the vein, or phlebitis after infusion
  • tumor lysis syndrome

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • confusion
  • a change in vision
  • thrombophlebitis, an inflamed vein due to a blood clot
  • discoloration of nail
  • fainting
  • chest pain
  • lymphedema, or swelling due to blockage of lymph nodes
  • fast heartbeat
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