Description and Brand Names

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

US Brand Name

  1. Docefrez
  2. Taxotere


Docetaxel belongs to the group of medicines called antineoplastics. It is used to treat breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, head and neck cancer , gastrointestinal (stomach) and prostate cancer. Docetaxel is sometimes used in combination with other medicines for certain types of cancer.

Docetaxel interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed. Since the growth of normal body cells may also be affected by docetaxel, other effects will also occur. Some of these may be serious and must be reported to your doctor. Other effects may not be serious but may cause concern. Some effects may not occur for months or years after the medicine is used.

Docetaxel may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Before you begin treatment with docetaxel, you and your doctor should talk about the good this medicine will do as well as the risks of using it.

Docetaxel is to be administered only by or under the immediate supervision of your doctor.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in the product labeling, docetaxel is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer, small cell
  • Ovarian cancer

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Solution
  • Powder for Solution