Chemotherapy Drug Linked to Permanent Hair Loss
What Is Taxotere ®?
Taxotere ® (docetaxel) is a chemotherapy drug used to treat breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, metastatic prostate cancer, head and neck cancer, and advanced stomach cancer. Taxotere ® is administered intravenously, and belongs to a family of drugs called taxanes. Taxotere ® (docetaxel) is used to try to prevent cancer cells from growing and dividing.
Taxotere ® Side Effects
Lawsuits on behalf of breast cancer survivors are now being filed against the drug's manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, for failure to warn medical professionals and patients of the potential risk of permanent baldness (alopecia). The Taxotere ® lawsuits state that if Sanofi-Aventis had properly warned of the risks, patients would likely have been prescribed a different chemotherapy which would not result in permanent hair loss.
Other potential side effects include:
- Bone, muscle or joint pain
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Fatigue and weakness
- Fluid retention with weight gain, swelling of the ankles or abdominal area
- Low red blood cell count (anemia)
- Low white blood cell count
- Mouth or throat sores
- Nail changes (color changes to your fingernails or toenails)
- Peripheral neuropathy (numbness in your fingers and toes)
Taxotere ® Lawsuit Free Consultation
If you or a loved one was prescribed and used Taxotere ® to survive breast cancer, but now suffer from permanent baldness, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the dangerous drug attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm today for a free, confidential legal consultation to learn more about your options. Why today? Every state has maximum time limitations on when a Taxotere claim must be filed (statutes of limitations). If a claim is not filed against the manufacturer within that time, the injured persons are forever prevented from bringing a claim against the companies who may have caused their injuries. Time is of the essence, so please submit the short form on this page or call us at 214-526-7900 today.