What Side Effects Can I Expect When Using Taxotere?
Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug used to treat breast cancer. The chemotherapy medication is also approved to treat other cancers, including advanced stomach cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, neck cancer, metastatic prostate cancer, and head cancer. Taxotere is administered through an IV because there is no pill form of the drug available.
Some patients have suffered severe side effects after using Taxotere, including permanent hair loss. If you have suffered permanent hair loss after using Taxotere, call our office at 1-866-FOX-FIRM to schedule a free consultation with a Taxotere lawsuit attorney.
Side Effects Associated with Taxotere
Some of the side effects associated with Taxotere include:
- Muscle pain
- Low white blood cell count
- Joint or bone pain
- Throat or mouth sores
- Fluid retention
- Susceptibility to infection
Patients respond to Taxotere in different ways. One patient may experience some or all the side effects, yet another patient might not experience any of the side effects. In many cases, the side effects of Taxotere are reversible once the drug is no longer in a person’s system. However, this is not true for all patients.
As with any other drug, it is very important to discuss the potential side effects and risks of using the drug with your doctor before beginning any new medication.
Hair Loss and Taxotere
One of the side effects listed for Taxotere is hair loss. However, pending lawsuits and claims allege that the drug manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, failed to warn patients and doctors of the potential for alopecia (permanent hair loss). Alopecia has different levels of severity. Some patients taking Taxotere have experienced alopecia totalis (loss of all hair on the scalp). Other patients have experienced loss of eyelashes and eyebrows, in addition to the loss of hair on other body parts. Loss of hair on the body and scalp is alopecia universalis.
While most patients understand and assume that the use of chemotherapy drugs may cause hair loss, they look forward to their hair returning when they complete their cancer treatment. Their hair growing back is one of the signs that they have beaten cancer and put the tragic disease behind them.
Sadly, for women who suffer from alopecia, their hair loss is permanent. For those who were not warned that their hair loss would be permanent, discovering this fact after the fact is devastating.
Taxotere Lawsuits and Claims
Patients who have used Taxotere to treat cancer and suffered permanent hair loss have filed claims and lawsuits against the drug manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis. According to some of the pending lawsuits, plaintiffs are alleging that the drug company:
- Concealed information about the potential side effects of Taxotere from the public;
- Failed to determine the drug was safe before marketing the drug;
- Utilized misleading advertising when marketing the drug;
- Failed to warn patients and doctors about the risks associated with the use of the drug;
- Downplayed the risks and side effects of using the drug;
- Manufactured a dangerous drug; and,
- Sold the drug without sufficient testing or sufficient warnings.
You still have time to file a claim for damages and injuries caused by Taxotere, but you must contact our Taxotere lawsuit attorneys now.
Call The Fox Law Firm, P.C.
Our Taxotere lawsuit attorneys represent clients throughout the country who have suffered permanent hair loss after using Taxotere. If you have suffered hair loss or other serious side effects after using the drug, call our office for a free consultation. Call 1-866-FOX-FIRM or 1-866-369-3476 now to speak with a representative.