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Brand name: Docetaxel (Actavis) TM

Active ingredients: docetaxel

What it is used for

Breast Cancer; Metastatic Breast Cancer: Docetaxel is indicated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer in whom previous chemotherapy has failed. Docetaxel in combination with capecitabine is indicated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced metastatic breast cancer after failure of prior anthracycline containing chemotherapy. Docetaxel in combination with trastuzumab is indicated for the treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancer whose tumours overexpress HER2 and who previously have not received chemotherapy for metastatic disease. Adjuvant Treatment of Breast Cancer: Docetaxel in combination with doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide is indicated for the adjuvant treatment of patients with node-positive breast cancer. Doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide followed by docetaxel in combination with trastuzumab (AC-TH) is indicated for the adjuvant treatment of patients with operable breast cancer whose tumours overexpress HER2. Docetaxel in combination with carboplatin and trastuzumab (TCH) is indicated for the adjuvant treatment of patients with operable breast cancer whose tumours overexpress HER2. Docetaxel in combination with cyclophosphamide is indicated for the adjuvant treatment of operable breast cancer with a primary tumour of greater than or equal to 1cm and less than 7cm. Non Small Cell Lung Cancer: Docetaxel is indicated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic non small cell lung cancer, including those who have failed platinum-based chemotherapy. Ovarian Cancer: Docetaxel is indicated for the treatment of metastatic carcinoma of the ovary after failure of first line or subsequent chemotherapy. Prostate Cancer: Doxetaxel is indicated for the treatment of patients with androgen independent (hormone refractory) prostate cancer. Head and Neck Cancer: Docetaxel, in combination with cisplatin and fluorouracil is indicated as induction treatment prior to chemo radiotherapy, for the treatment of patients with locally advanced, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, who have low probability of surgical cure, require organ preservation or where the tumour is technically unresectable.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Pale yellow, clear, oily, solution

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient docetaxel

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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