Are there any risks in taking Taxotere (docetaxel)?

Because Taxotere (docetaxel) is used to slow the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body, it can also interfere with the growth of normal body cells and cause serious side effects. Additionally, Taxotere should not be used if you are pregnant; if you are pregnant or become pregnant during the course of treatment, contact your doctor immediately. Taxotere can cause severe allergic reactions such as rash, hives, itching, warm sensation, chest tightness, fainting, dizziness, nausea or difficulty breathing or swallowing. Taxotere also may cause a serious eye problem that can impair vision. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. In rare cases, people who have taken this medication have died. Because Taxotere contains alcohol, people should avoid driving after receiving the drug. 

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