As with any medicine, side effects are possible with paclitaxel. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of paclitaxel include but are not limited to:
- Neutropenia (low levels of certain white blood cells called neutrophils)
- Leukopenia (low levels of another type of white blood cells called leukocytes)
- Anemia (see Chemotherapy and Anemia)
- Hair loss (see Taxol and Hair Loss)
- Unusual sensations, such as burning or tingling (see Nerve and Muscle Problems During Chemotherapy).
(Click Paclitaxel Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Paclitaxel can potentially interact with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Paclitaxel).