Cancer is a disease that has long ravaged humankind, and many attempts to treat it have been unsuccessful. Victims of cancer often live with extreme pain, and it is understandable that many cancer patients would turn to chemotherapy as a way to alleviate some of that pain. However, many chemotherapy patients begin the process without fully understanding the consequences and possible complications that can result from taking certain chemotherapy medications such as Taxotere.
Taxotere, also known as Docetaxel, is pharmaceutical drug used during the chemotherapy process. Its purpose is to seek out and destroy any cell that divides too quickly, which is a hallmark of cancer cells. Oncologists commonly use this drug to fight many different forms of cancer from breast cancer to prostate cancer. Like most chemotherapy drugs, Taxotere is administered by your doctor.
Consumers of this drug should be well aware that chemotherapy can cause cancer to enter remission, but it is not necessarily a cure. Cancer is a devastating illness to which no cure-all has been found. Chemotherapy drugs like this one are designed to slow the progress of the disease and alleviate the immediate symptoms of cancer.
Like all chemotherapy, Taxotere has severe side effects. In general, people who undertake chemotherapy do not feel well after treatment. Patients can expect muscle weakness, dizziness, and chills. Other negative side effects include rapid weight gain, serious skin reactions, burning or numbing sensations, and rapid hair loss. These side effects are not necessarily life-threatening and are unfortunately typical of chemotherapy, but consumers taking this drug should be aware of the possible side effects.
Taxotere also has the negative effect of decreasing a patient’s white blood cell count. This can make chemotherapy patients particularly susceptible to infection and excessive bleeding. These conditions can result in life-threatening situations during the immediate period after chemotherapy. Medical practitioners are supposed to closely monitor patients taking chemotherapy medication because of the risks involved in transferring infections from patient to patient in medical facilities. Even so, mistakes can occur, but doctors are responsible for the welfare of their patients. Patients who take Taxotere should contact their doctors immediately if they feel ill after taking this drug.
Taxotere Injury Lawsuits
Most of the lawsuits filed by consumers of this drug have revolved around the deceptive marketing tactics of Sanofi-Aventis U. S., L. L. C., the pharmaceutical manufacturer that created Taxotere. Rather than reveal all of the potential side effects of Taxotere, Sanofi-Aventis kept the permanent loss of hair caused by Taxotere hidden from its consumers. Consumers of pharmaceuticals have the legal right to fully understand and give informed consent before accepting treatment.
If you have been harmed by Taxotere, you should contact a Colleyville attorney to inquire about your legal rights. Victims of deceptive marketing have the right to financial restitution for their harms and losses.
Have Questions? Speak to a Colleyville Taxotere Injury Attorney Today
If you or a family member was seriously harmed as a result of Taxotere, contact the Montes Law PLLC. We are ready help you and your family during this difficult time and will work tirelessly to pursue maximum compensation. Schedule a free, confidential consultation today.