PACLINISH - Paclitaxel
*Solution for Intravenous Infusion
*Paclitaxel injection manufactured with human albumin is used to treat breast cancer that has not improved or that has come back after treatment with other medications. Paclitaxel injection manufactured with polyoxyethylated castor oil is used to treat ovarian cancer (cancer that begins in the female reproductive organs where eggs are formed), breast cancer, and lung cancer. Paclitaxel injection with polyoxyethylated castor oil is also used to treat Kaposiís sarcoma (a type of cancer that causes patches of abnormal tissue to grow under the skin) in people who have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Paclitaxel is in a class of medications called antimicrotubule agents. It works by stopping the growth and spread of cancer cells.
*Paclitaxel injection comes as a liquid to be given intravenously (into a vein) by a doctor or nurse in a hospital or clinic. It is usually given once every 3 weeks. When paclitaxel injection manufactured with polyoxyethylated castor oil is used to treat Kaposiís sarcoma, it may be given once every 2 or 3 weeks.
*Paclitaxel must be administered in an appropriate medical setting under close medical supervision. Patients with metastatic breast cancer who also have extremely low neutrophil (a type of white blood cell) counts should not use paclitaxel. Frequent blood tests should be performed while you are using paclitaxel because of the risk of bone marrow suppression and serious infection.
*Do not substitute or interchange paclitaxel with other forms of paclitaxel.
*Severe and sometimes fatal allergic reactions have occurred with the use of paclitaxel. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience shortness of breath; flushing; fainting; dizziness; chest pain; irregular heartbeat; rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue. If you have had an allergic reaction to paclitaxel before, talk with your doctor to determine if you should take paclitaxel or if you will need to take medicine before you receive it to decrease the risk of an allergic reaction.
*Some patients develop redness or sores in the mouth or on the lips. These symptoms may occur a few days after treatment with paclitaxel and usually decrease or disappear in 1 week. Talk with your doctor about proper mouth care and other ways to prevent or reduce this side effect.