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Brand name: Docetaxel (Astron) TM

Active ingredients: docetaxel

What it is used for

Breast Cancer: Docetaxel is indicated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer in whom previous chemotherapy has failed. ,Adjuvant Treatment of Breast cancer: 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 7 cm. ,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: Docetaxel 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 chemoradiotherapy, 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

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

  • The way to take this medicine: Intravenous
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.

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

Visual appearance

Supplied in single-dose vials as a sterile, pyrogen-free, non-aqueous,pale yellow to brownish-yellow 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.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

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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