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Paclitaxel (Taxol)

Also known as Taxol

Paclitaxel is a mitotic inhibitor used in cancer chemotherapy. It was discovered in a US National Cancer Institute program at the Research Triangle Institute in 1967 when Monroe E. Wall and Mansukh C. Wani isolated it from the bark of the Pacific yew tree, Taxus brevifolia and named it taxol. Later it was discovered that endophytic fungi in the bark synthesize paclitaxel.

Source: Wikipedia

Estimated Total Cost: $978.31 for an average of 21 days supply

What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed paclitaxel to treat breast cancer, lung cancer, metastatic cancer, and ovarian cancer.

What drug interactions are known?

Do not take paclitaxel if you are taking any of the following:

Critical Interactions


Significant Interactions

What side effects are related?

Patients taking paclitaxel most commonly experience side effects like alopecia, anemia, and diarrhea.

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