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Brand name: Docetaxel (Sandoz) TM

Active ingredients: docetaxel

What it is used for

Docetaxel Sandoz is indicated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer in whom previous chemotherapy has failed. Docetaxel Sandoz in combination with capecitabine is indicated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer after failure of prior anthracycline containing chemotherapy. Docetaxel Sandoz 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. Docetaxel Sandoz 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 Sandoz in combination with trastuzumab (AC-TH) is indicated for the adjuvant treatment of patients with operable breast cancer whose tumours overexpress HER2. Docetaxel Sandoz 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 =1cm and < 7cm. Docetaxel Sandoz 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. Docetaxel Sandoz is indicated for the treatment of metastatic carcinoma of the ovary after failure of firstline or subsequent chemotherapy. Docetaxel Sandoz is indicated for the treatment of patients with androgen independent (hormone refractory) prostate cancer. Docetaxel Sandoz, 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 Infusion
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Store in Original Container
  • Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.

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

Visual appearance

A clear pale yellow solution free from visible particles within a glass vial

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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