Taxotere was first approved in 1996 by the FDA. The agency has since approved Taxotere to be used to help treat five different types of cancers. These cancers include breast cancer, head cancer, prostate cancer, stomach cancer and lung cancer. Its main use is to block cancerous cells from spreading to other parts of the body. Taxotere is meant to help patients have increased survival rates.

While Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug used to treat women with breast cancer there have been reports of a long-term side effect. Although short-term hair loss is a known side effect of chemotherapy, Taxotere has been associated with permanent hair loss, Permanent Significant Alopecia (PSA). It is believed that Sanofi, the drug manufacturer, knew that Taxotere was associated with permanent hair loss and failed to warn doctors and patients about that risk. As such, patients and their physicians did not have the option to choose other chemotherapy agents that do not cause permanent hair loss.

Some other common side effects are fatigue and weakness, nausea, nail changes, taste changes, diarrhea, constipation, bone or muscle pain, fluid retention with weight gain, abdominal swelling, infection, low counts in red and white blood cells, sores in the mouth and peripheral neuropathy.

If you or a loved one has experienced permanent hair loss after exposure to Taxotere during treatment for breast cancer, please give us a call for a free case review.

Andrus Wagstaff, PC, is investigating potential claims in regards to complications from Taxotere. Please contact us by using the online form or by calling our office at 866-795-9529 so that we may better evaluate your claim.

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