This is my second phase with chemo. I was able to work and function with the first phase of chemo. I am worried about this taxol. How many days "down time?" the other drug I was out for 72 hours and was able to function at work after down time.
General considerations for when and how to take Taxol include the following: The medication is given through an IV. Each infusion is given over a one-hour period. You will need to take medications before each dose of Taxol in order to prevent fluid retention and allergic reactions. Usually, these medications include dexamethasone (Decadron®), diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), and cimetidine (Tagamet®) or other similar medications. Most people receive their injection at their healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or at an "infusion center." For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Taxol will not work as well if you stop taking it before the doc/pharamcist recommends.
I presume after the infusion has been given you could be able to go to work, but however a doc would be the best person to address your question, do seek medical advice, please.
Take care, best wishes!
- Taxol Information for Consumers
- Taxol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Taxol (detailed)
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