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What is the half life of taxol & carboplastin?

What is the half life of taxol & carboplastin?

Half lives: For Taxol, the half-life is dependent upon the length of the infusion. If it is a three hour infusion, the half-life is approximately 24 hours, but for a 24 hour infusion, it is about 52 hours. For carboplatin, the retention half life can be as much as 30 hours. Hope that helps. ...Read more

Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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What is Taxol (paclitaxel) typically used for?

What is Taxol (paclitaxel) typically used for?

Chemotherapy: Taxol (paclitaxel) is a very effective chemotherapeutic drug for the treatment of some forms of breast and ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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What exactly is the drug Taxol (paclitaxel) used for?

What exactly is the drug Taxol (paclitaxel) used for?

Chemotherapy: Taxol (paclitaxel) is a widely used chemotherapy drug for breast, lung, head/neck, esophageal cancers. ...Read more

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What are some contraindications of taxol (paclitaxel)?

What are some contraindications of taxol (paclitaxel)?

Not too many: Taxol (paclitaxel) is contraindicated in patients who have a history of hypersensitivity reactions to Taxol (paclitaxel) or other drugs made in cremophor el (polyoxyethylated castor oil). Taxol (paclitaxel) also should not be used in patients with solid tumors who have white counts of less than 1500 cells/mm3 or in patients with aids-related kaposi’s sarcoma with baseline white counts of less than 1000 cells/mm3. ...Read more

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Taxol (paclitaxel) side effects

Taxol (paclitaxel) side effects

Many: The most common side effects are hair loss, lowered blood counts, neuropathy, leg pain, mouth sores, and severe allergic reaction due to the solvent used to dilute Taxol (paclitaxel) (called cremophor). ...Read more

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Can Taxol (paclitaxel) treat pneumonitis?

Can Taxol (paclitaxel) treat pneumonitis?

No: Taxol (paclitaxel) is a chemotherapeutic agent used to treat malignant, metastatic disease. Pneumonitis is an inflammatory process that needs antibiotics to bring the disease under control. One of the complications of chemo like Taxol (paclitaxel) is suppressing the immune system. As such reports appear that pneumonitis following the use of Taxol (paclitaxel) as in breast cancer occurs following the use of this agent. ...Read more

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Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) needed with weekly taxol?

Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) needed with weekly taxol?

No!: Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is a long-acting injection that increases your white blood cells. It should only be given during a two or three week window when you're not receiving chemotherapy. If you're receiving Taxol every week, you should not receive neulasta (pegfilgrastim). If you do, the Taxol can kill the dividing white blood cells, and harm your bone marrow stem cells. It is not fda-approved to give during weekly chemo! ...Read more

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What is the role of Taxol (paclitaxel) in chemotherapy?

What is the role of Taxol (paclitaxel) in chemotherapy?

Kills cancer cells!: Taxol (paclitaxel) works by preventing cancer cells from reproducing themselves. In the picture you can see green "microtubules" that are pulling a cancer cell apart into two daughter cells. Taxol blocks microtubules, preventing them from being able to pull the cancer cell into two daughter cells. The cancer cell gets stuck trying to divide, and it dies. Taxol works for many cancer types. ...Read more

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Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) with weekly taxol, is this okay?

Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) with weekly taxol, is this okay?

No!: Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is a long-acting injection that increases your white blood cells. It should only be given during a two or three week window when you're not receiving chemotherapy. If you're receiving Taxol every week, you should not receive neulasta (pegfilgrastim). If you do, the Taxol can kill the dividing white blood cells, and harm your bone marrow stem cells. It is not fda-approved to give during weekly chemo! ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with Taxol (paclitaxel)?

Taxol (paclitaxel): Taxol (paclitaxel) has many potential side effects. See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/taxol-side-effects.html ...Read more

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What's the difference between taxol. Taxotere (docetaxel)?

Same class,diff drug: Both Taxol (paclitaxel) and taxotere (docetaxel) (docetaxol) are of the class of cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs known as taxanes. They are different chemicals with different pharmacokinetics and side effect profiles but tend to be used in the same disease areas. There is much debate as to whether one or the other is "better" or "more effective" in a certain disease. ...Read more

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What information is on the Taxol (paclitaxel) package insert?

Taxol (paclitaxel) Label info:: See: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/020262s049lbl.pdf

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What is the difference between Taxol and taxotere (docetaxel)?

What is the difference between Taxol and taxotere (docetaxel)?

Slightly different: Taxal is paclitaxel, toxotere is docetaxel classified as plant alkaloids, have similar properties , commonly used in breast cancer, small cell lung cancer, met prostate cancer ge junction gastric cancers. ...Read more

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What can you do to help with pain caused by taxol (paclitaxel)?

Medication: Taxol pain is usually though of a pain due to damage of the nerves (tingling/numbness/burning/electrical) also called neuropathic pain. Medications such as Lyrica (pregabalin) and Gabapentin have been shown to be of benefit. Narcotic medications may help somewhat but historically have been considered of little benefit. Speak with your physician. ...Read more

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Who should not use Taxol (paclitaxel)?

Taxol (paclitaxel): TAXOL (paclitaxel) is contraindicated in patients who have a history of hypersensitivity reactions to TAXOL (paclitaxel) or other drugs formulated in Cremophor® EL (polyoxyethylated castor oil). TAXOL (paclitaxel) should not be used in patients with solid tumors who have baseline neutrophil counts of ...Read more

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What exactly is paclitaxel (onxol, taxol)?

What exactly is paclitaxel (onxol, taxol)?

Drug from a tree: Taxol is a chemotherapy drug used commonly to treat breast cancer. It's generic name is paclitaxel. It is also used to treat ovarian, lung, prostate, bladder, melanoma, esophageal cancer and other solid tumor cancers. It is made fromthe pacific yew tree bark. It works by preventing the cancer cells from dividing and therefore stops their growth. ...Read more

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Who should avoid taking taxol (paclitaxel)?

Precautions are...: The known cautions to taking Taxol (paclitaxel) include: - low blood counts - known hypersensitivity to castor oil - pre-existing liver problems - advanced age check with your doctor to see if any of your other medications interact with taxol (paclitaxel). ...Read more

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What exactly does Taxol (paclitaxel) affect?

Stops cell division.: In order to grow and spread, cancer cells need to divide and make copies of themselves. In order to divide and make copies of itself, the cell must prepare by organizing a kind of internal scaffolding, called microtubules. Taxol (paclitaxel) works by preventing the microtubules from functioning properly. Consequently, the cells can't divide properly and cancer growth is slowed. ...Read more

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