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What is Paxel called in the USA?

Medically reviewed by Melisa Puckey, BPharm. Last updated on April 4, 2024.

What is paclitaxel called in the USA?

Official answer


Paxel (paclitaxel) was sold under the brand names Onxol and Taxol in the USA, before these two brands were discontinued.

In the USA paclitaxel is now available from generic companies:

  • Breckenridge Pharmaceutical
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • Pfizer
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • NorthStar
  • Fresenius Kabi.

Paxel contains the medicine paclitaxel, which is used to treat specific breast cancers, ovarian cancers, lung cancers and Kaposi's sarcoma.

Abraxane® is a brand of paclitaxel that is different from other formulations of paclitaxel. Abraxane® SHOULD NOT SUBSTITUTED FOR OR USED WITH OTHER PACLITAXEL FORMULATIONS. Abraxane has different dosage and administration instructions from other paclitaxel products. Abraxane is an injectable suspension containing protein-bound particles (albumin-bound).

Paxel should NOT be confused with the medicine Paxil (paroxetine) which has a similar name, but is a completely different medicine.
Paxil is an antidepressant medication.

For more information on paclitaxel click here: Paclitaxel Medication Information

  • Paxel:
  • Abraxane Professional Medication Information:
  • Paclitaxel Medication Information:
  • Taxol Medication Information:

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