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   Paclitaxel Protein-bound

Paclitaxel Protein-bound
(injection) (injectable)


Treats advanced breast cancer.

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Paclitaxel Protein-bound
Abraxane
Uses
Treats advanced breast cancer.



How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Injectable. Medicines used to treat cancer are very strong and can have many side effects.
  • Before receiving this medicine, make sure you understand all the risks and benefits.
  • It is important for you to work closely with your doctor during your treatment. You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.
  • This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Blistering, peeling, red skin rash. Changes in your vision. Chest pain or coughing up blood. Diarrhea, dark-colored urine, or black stools. Extreme weakness. High fever, chills, cough, sore throat, or body aches. Lightheadedness or fainting. Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach. Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet. Shortness of breath, cold sweat, or bluish-colored skin. Slow, fast, or uneven heartbeat. Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness. Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

Precautions
  • You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to paclitaxel protein-bound, or if you have a low number of white blood cells.
  • You should not receive this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Missed Dose
  • This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule.
  • If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or treatment clinic for instructions.

Drug Interactions
  • This medicine can cause birth defects if it is used by the mother while she is pregnant or by the father when his sexual partner becomes pregnant.
  • If a pregnancy occurs while you are using this medicine, tell your doctor right away. Make sure your doctor knows if you have heart disease, kidney disease, or liver disease. Cancer medicines can cause nausea and/or vomiting in most people, sometimes even after receiving medicines to prevent it.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse about other ways to control these side effects. This medicine lowers the number of some types of blood cells in your body.
  • Because of this, you may bleed or get infections more easily.
  • To help with these problems, avoid being near people who are sick or have infections.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured.
  • Brush and floss your teeth gently.
  • Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers. Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine.
  • Be sure to keep all appointments. This medicine is made from donated human blood.
  • Some human blood products have transmitted certain viruses to people who have received them.
  • The risk of getting a virus from medicines made of human blood has been greatly reduced in recent years.
  • This is the result of required testing of human donors for certain viruses, and testing during manufacture of these medicines.
  • Although the risk is low, talk with your doctor if you have concerns.

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