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Taxotere is a powerful drug used to fight cancer, however, unfortunately for many of those who have been prescribed this medication, there are serious and long-term side effects that they may not have been aware of before they began treatment.

What is worse is that in some cases medical providers and doctors were not aware of these dangerous side effects before they prescribed their patients this medication, and therefore were unable to properly inform them of the long-term effects of this drug.

If you or a loved one was given Taxotere as a part of your cancer treatment and you are now suffering from the long-term side effects, contact a dedicated attorney who can build your case. Contact a Taxotere lawyer who can fight for your right to compensation.


What is Taxotere?

Taxotere (docetaxel) is a drug that has been approved to treat those suffering from certain types of cancer including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Metastatic prostate cancer
  • Certain head and neck cancers

This powerful chemotherapy drug belongs to a classification of chemotherapy drugs known as taxanes. Taxotere acts as an anti-mitotic agent, meaning that this drug works to fight cancer by disrupting cancerous cell’s ability to grow and multiply, thereby allowing doctors to focus on the cancerous cells in a specific area.

Taxotere is often used in combination with other powerful chemotherapy drugs such as cisplatin, capecitabine, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and fluorouracil in an effort to fully treat a patient’s cancer, as well as increase their survival rate.

Taxotere is usually administered intravenously, in a patient’s arm, and is typically part of an hour-long medication cycle that a patient will repeat every three to four weeks.

Taxotere Injuries and Side Effects

While this powerful medication has the potential of hindering cancer cells from growing and reproducing, thereby allowing doctors to treat cancer more effectively, Taxotere also can bring some very serious side-effects.  Some of the side effects a patient may suffer as a result of this medication include:

  • Bone, muscle, and joint pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Fluid retentions
  • Infection
  • Low red blood cell count
  • Low white blood cell count
  • Mouth or throat sores
  • Nail changes
  • Nausea
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Taste changes

However, there are two side effects that this drug may cause which is often the reason why a person seeks the advice and advocacy of a Taxotere lawyer:

  • Alopecia – Alopecia is the loss of hair on a part or all of the body. While it can be fairly common for a person to lose their hair during the course of cancer treatment, in cases where a patient was prescribed Taxotere, their alopecia may be permanent
  • Neutropenic enterocolitis – Another potentially serious side effect of Taxotere includes inflammation of a small pouch located at the head of the large intestine.  While this condition is relatively rare, this condition can be fatal if not properly identified and treated

Taxotere Lawsuits and Compensation

The reason why people have filed lawsuits against their doctors and against Taxotere’s manufacturer, (Sanofi-Aventis), is that many Taxotere patients were not warned by their doctors of the increased risks of total and permanent hair loss.

Furthermore, doctors and other medical providers claim that they were not warned of this potential side-effect and that the drug’s manufacturer knew of this risk and did not properly or adequately release warnings that patients may experience permanent alopecia.

A person who has suffered a debilitating side effect after taking this medication may be entitled to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
  • Loss of income or ability to work

There have been numerous lawsuits filed against Taxotere’s manufacturer based on the manufacturer’s failure to assure their product would not cause patients to suffer unreasonable, and potentially dangerous side effects.

How a Taxotere Attorney Can Help

If you have suffered a long-term injury after taking Taxotere or you have lost a loved one, contact a Taxotere lawyer today to discuss your case.

A dedicated, experienced, and compassionate Taxotere lawyer can help you and your family recover for your injuries and can help hold large drug companies responsible for their actions.