Side Effects

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Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Some side effects will have signs or symptoms that you can see or feel. Your doctor may watch for others by doing certain tests.

Also, because of the way these medicines act on the body, there is a chance that they might cause other unwanted effects that may not occur until months or years after the medicine is used. These delayed effects may include certain types of cancer. Discuss these possible effects with your doctor.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

  1. Black, tarry stools
  2. blood in urine or stools
  3. cough or hoarseness (accompanied by fever or chills)
  4. difficult or labored breathing
  5. difficult or painful urination (accompanied by fever or chills)
  6. difficulty swallowing
  7. dizziness
  8. fast heartbeat
  9. fever or chills
  10. heart problems
  11. hives
  12. itching, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  13. lower back or side pain (accompanied by fever or chills)
  14. noisy, rattling breathing
  15. pinpoint red spots on skin
  16. shortness of breath
  17. skin rash
  18. tightness in chest
  19. troubled breathing while at rest
  20. unusual bleeding or bruising
  21. unusual tiredness or weakness
  22. wheezing


  1. Chest pain or discomfort
  2. fast or irregular heartbeat
  3. shortness of breath

Docetaxel sometimes causes allergic reactions, especially during the first few treatments. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you notice back pain or itching during an injection. Your doctor or nurse will be watching out for other signs of an allergic reaction while you are receiving this medicine, and will be ready to treat any serious effects right away.

A kind of leukemia called acute myeloid leukemia [AML] can occur if you are taking a combination of docetaxel and cyclophosphamide to treat your breast cancer. Tell your doctor right away if you develop a lot of infections, experience bone or joint pain, or have a fever.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

  1. Swelling of abdomen, face, fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs
  2. unusual tiredness or weakness
  3. weight gain

Less common

  1. Red, scaly, swollen, or peeling areas of skin (severe)


  1. Decrease in blood pressure, sometimes with dizziness or fainting
  2. increase in blood pressure, sometimes with dizziness or headaches

This medicine may also cause the following side effects that your doctor will watch out for:

More common

  1. Anemia
  2. low white blood cell count

Less common

  1. High or low blood pressure
  2. low platelet count in blood

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

This medicine usually causes a temporary loss of hair. After treatment with docetaxel has ended, normal hair growth should return.

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.