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Drug interactions between Abraxane and Taxol

Results for the following 2 drugs:
Abraxane (paclitaxel protein-bound)
Taxol (paclitaxel)

Interactions between your drugs

Moderate

paclitaxel ↔ paclitaxel protein-bound

Applies to:Taxol (paclitaxel) and Abraxane (paclitaxel protein-bound)

Using PACLitaxel together with PACLitaxel protein-bound may increase the risk of nerve damage, which is a potential side effect of both medications. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Your doctor may be able to prescribe alternatives that do not interact, or you may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring to safely use both medications. Let your doctor know if you develop weakness, numbness, pain, burning, or tingling in your hands, feet, or limbs. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Drug and food interactions

Moderate

paclitaxel food

Applies to: Taxol (paclitaxel)

Grapefruits and grapefruit juice may increase the blood levels and effects of PACLitaxel. This can increase the risk of side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, hair loss, muscle pain or weakness, nerve damage, and impaired bone marrow function resulting in low numbers of different types of blood cells. You may also be more likely to develop anemia, bleeding problems, or infections due to low blood cell counts. Contact your doctor if you experience paleness, fatigue, dizziness, fainting, unusual bruising or bleeding, fever, chills, diarrhea, sore throat, muscle aches, shortness of breath, blood in phlegm, weight loss, red or inflamed skin, body sores, pain or burning during urination, vision problems, and/or numbness, burning or tingling in your hands and feet. You may need a dose adjustment and/or more frequent monitoring by your doctor to safely use both medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Moderate

paclitaxel protein-bound food

Applies to: Abraxane (paclitaxel protein-bound)

Grapefruits and grapefruit juice may increase the blood levels and effects of PACLitaxel protein-bound. This can increase the risk of side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, hair loss, muscle pain or weakness, nerve damage, and impaired bone marrow function resulting in low numbers of different types of blood cells. You may also be more likely to develop anemia, bleeding problems, or infections due to low blood cell counts. Contact your doctor if you experience paleness, fatigue, dizziness, fainting, unusual bruising or bleeding, fever, chills, diarrhea, sore throat, muscle aches, shortness of breath, blood in phlegm, weight loss, red or inflamed skin, body sores, pain or burning during urination, vision problems, and/or numbness, burning or tingling in your hands and feet. You may need a dose adjustment and/or more frequent monitoring by your doctor to safely use both medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Therapeutic duplication warnings

Therapeutic duplication is the use of more than one medicine from the same drug category or therapeutic class to treat the same condition. This can be intentional in cases where drugs with similar actions are used together for demonstrated therapeutic benefit. It can also be unintentional in cases where a patient has been treated by more than one doctor, or had prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy, and can have potentially adverse consequences.

Duplication

Taxoids

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'taxoids' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'taxoids' category:

  • paclitaxel protein-bound (active ingredient in Abraxane (paclitaxel protein-bound))
  • paclitaxel (active ingredient in Taxol (paclitaxel))

Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

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