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Taxotere (docetaxel) and Alcohol / Food Interactions

There is 1 alcohol/food/lifestyle interaction with Taxotere (docetaxel):


DOCEtaxel ↔ food

Major Food Interaction

Consumer information for this interaction is not currently available.

GENERALLY AVOID: Coadministration with inhibitors of CYP450 3A4, such as grapefruit juice, may significantly increase the plasma concentrations of docetaxel, which is a substrate of the isoenzyme. Current data suggest that consumption of large quantities of grapefruit juice inhibit both intestinal and hepatic CYP450 3A4 due to certain compounds present in grapefruit. In a pharmacokinetic study consisting of 7 cancer patients, mean dose-normalized docetaxel systemic exposure (AUC) increased by 2.2-fold and clearance decreased by 49% when intravenous docetaxel was given at a reduced dosage of 10 mg/m2 in combination with the potent CYP450 3A4 inhibitor ketoconazole (200 mg orally once daily for 3 days) compared to docetaxel administered alone at 100 mg/m2. In addition, a case report of a 52-year-old woman with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma receiving a twice weekly chemotherapy regimen including intravenous docetaxel (40 mg/m2) reported that docetaxel AUC increased by 65% compared with the AUC target of 1.96 mg*h/L and clearance decreased by 63%, with a 71% reduction in the patient's neutrophil count. In the absence of other CYP450 3A4 inhibitors, these effects were attributed to daily consumption of 250 mL of grapefruit juice, which the patient had been consuming for at least 3 months. Two weeks after the patient ceased the grapefruit juice, the docetaxel AUC was closer to the target value and the neutrophil count reduction was less than 35%.

MANAGEMENT: The use of docetaxel in combination with grapefruit and grapefruit juice should generally be avoided. If concomitant use is required, a reduced dosage of docetaxel should be considered, particularly if used with large amounts of grapefruit juice, and therapeutic drug monitoring of docetaxel considered per local treatment protocols. Patients should be closely monitored for the development of docetaxel toxicity such as myelosuppression, stomatitis, neurotoxicity (e.g., paraesthesia, dysesthesia, pain), myalgia, asthenia, fluid retention, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.


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Taxotere (docetaxel) drug Interactions

There are 398 drug interactions with Taxotere (docetaxel)

Taxotere (docetaxel) disease Interactions

There are 5 disease interactions with Taxotere (docetaxel) which include:

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.

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.

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