Taxotere Side Effects Include Permanent Hair Loss and the Risk of Allergic Reaction

Like other forms of chemotherapy, the cancer drug Taxotere® is known to cause temporary hair loss. However, some patients have suffered permanent hair loss, along with several other Taxotere side effects. Our San Diego, CA, attorneys encourage victims of this drug to come forward for a free consultation. At San Diego Injury Lawyer, we will evaluate your case and explain your legal options. You may be eligible to join in the Taxotere lawsuit. This case is still in the developmental stages. However, there is a growing awareness of the risks of this drug. Therefore, victims have a good chance of legal success. 

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In addition to experiencing common side effects such as nausea and irregular bowel movements, patients taking Taxotere have suffered permanent hair loss. Patients and the medical community were not adequately warned about this risk.

About Taxotere

Taxotere is the most common treatment for breast cancer, and doctors prescribe this drug to approximately 75% of all patients. In some cases, oncologists may also use it to treat additional forms of cancer. Like other cancer medications, Taxotere destroys the DNA or RNA in cancerous cells so that they are unable to multiply.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 10% of patients who took Taxotere did not experience hair regrowth.

Common Side Effects of Taxotere

Cancer treatment will take quite a toll on the body. Therefore, like other forms of chemotherapy, Taxotere can have numerous side effects. These temporary effects can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Muscle aches
  • Vomiting
  • Numbness in the fingers and toes
  • Changes in fingernails and/or toenails
  • Irregular menstrual cycle or missed periods
  • Increased risk for infection, caused by low white blood cell count
  • Anemia, caused by low red blood cell count

These side effects will vary from patient to patient. Larger doses of the drug are more likely to cause these symptoms.

Taxotere and Hair Loss

Hair loss is a common consequence of many types of chemotherapy. As the drugs destroy the cancerous cells, they can also damage the nearby tissues, including the hair follicles. In most cases, hair will grow back once chemotherapy is over. However, with Taxotere, many patients have experienced permanent hair loss (alopecia). In fact, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, 10% of patients who took Taxotere did not experience hair regrowth. Additionally, hair restoration treatments are typically unsuccessful for these individuals. Alopecia can be especially devastating for women, dramatically affecting their self-image and personal interactions.

Other Serious Side Effects of Taxotere

In select cases, Taxotere can have additional grave consequences. Allergic reaction can result in several different symptoms, including:

  • Rash
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fever
  • Dizziness

In 2006, the FDA required the maker of Taxotere to place a black box warning on their packaging. The gravest warning possible, this label informed users of an associated risk for allergic reaction, kidney damage, water retention, and toxic death.

On top of that, in 2012 the Journal of Clinical Oncology stated that new forms of cancer treatment, including Taxotere, were more likely to cause side effects than older chemotherapy methods.

Exploring Your Legal Options

If you have been harmed by taking Taxotere, you may have legal recourse. The drug is relatively recent, and doctors are only now becoming aware of its associated complications. However, it is likely that current and future lawsuits will be combined into multidistrict litigation (MDL). This type of suit gives victims the power of a class action lawsuit. At the same time, they retain their own attorneys and obtain individual settlements.

Our lawyers have handled numerous class action and MDL cases. We are especially well regarded for our work with defective drug victims. Our team is passionate about ensuring that major pharmaceutical companies take responsibility for their products. Following a free consultation, we will fight for the justice and the financial compensation you deserve.

Contact San Diego Injury Lawyer Today

We are experts in defective drug cases. Having represented many clients in mass torts and MDL, we have obtained millions of dollars in compensation. Contact our firm for a free consultation and to explore your legal options.