Description and Brand Names

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

US Brand Name

  1. Docefrez
  2. Taxotere

Descriptions


Docetaxel injection is used to treat breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, head and neck cancer, gastric (stomach) cancer, and prostate cancer. Docetaxel might be used together with other cancer medicines.

Docetaxel belongs to the group of medicines called antineoplastics (cancer medicines). It interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed by the body. Since the growth of normal cells may also be affected by docetaxel, other unwanted effects will also occur.

This medicine is to be given only by or under the direct 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 injection is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Bladder cancer.
  • Esophageal cancer (cancer in the esophagus).
  • Ovarian cancer (cancer in the ovary).
  • Small cell lung cancer.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Solution
  • Powder for Solution