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Taxol (paclitaxel) and Alcohol / Food Interactions

There is 1 alcohol/food/lifestyle interaction with Taxol (paclitaxel):


PACLitaxel ↔ food

Moderate Food Interaction

Consumer information for this interaction is not currently available.

MONITOR: Coadministration with inhibitors of CYP450 3A4, such as grapefruit juice, may increase the plasma concentrations of paclitaxel, 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. Specific data for paclitaxel are lacking; however, in 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 systemic exposure (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%. In addition, in a pharmacokinetic study consisting of 7 cancer patients, mean dose-normalized docetaxel 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.

MANAGEMENT: Caution is recommended if paclitaxel is to be used in combination with grapefruit and grapefruit juice. Patients should be closely monitored for the development of paclitaxel toxicity, including diarrhea, mucositis, myelosuppression, and peripheral neuropathy and dose adjustment considered per local treatment protocols.


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Taxol (paclitaxel) drug Interactions

There are 372 drug interactions with Taxol (paclitaxel)

Taxol (paclitaxel) disease Interactions

There are 6 disease interactions with Taxol (paclitaxel) 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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