What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Docetaxel?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- A history of low levels of white blood cells
- Any infection (see Chemotherapy and Infections)
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Taxotere and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Taxotere and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Docetaxel to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does It Work?Docetaxel is part of a group of medications called taxanes. Taxanes stop cancer cells from growing and multiplying by interfering with certain structures in the cell.
While docetaxel can kill both healthy and cancerous cells, it has a greater effect on cells that are multiplying rapidly. Generally, cancer cells multiply more rapidly than healthy cells and are therefore more affected by the medication.