The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved docetaxel (Taxotere®) as a treatment for various types of cancer. This chemotherapy medication belongs to a class of drugs called taxanes, and it is used to treat the following types of cancer:
The medication is administered intravenously (through an IV). To prevent fluid retention and allergic reactions, you will need to take an oral steroid, such as dexamethasone (Decadron®), before (and sometimes after) each dose of this medication. Common side effects of docetaxel include anemia and hair loss.
(To learn more about this product, including how it works, other side effects, and how it performed in clinical trials, click Docetaxel.)