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DOCETAXEL INJECTION, SOLUTION (docetaxel injection, USP) Patient Counseling Information

17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information).

Bone Marrow Suppression

Advise patients that periodic assessment of their blood count will be performed to detect neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, and/or anemia [see Contraindications (4), Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]. Instruct patients to monitor their temperature frequently and immediately report any occurrence of fever.

Enterocolitis and Neutropenic Colitis

Advise patients of the symptoms of colitis, such as abdominal pain or tenderness, and/or diarrhea, with or without fever, and instruct patients to promptly contact their healthcare provider if they experience these symptoms [see Dosage and Administration (2.7), Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

Hypersensitivity Reactions

Ask patients whether they have previously received paclitaxel therapy, and if they have experienced a hypersensitivity reaction to paclitaxel. Instruct patients to immediately report to their healthcare provider signs of a hypersensitivity reaction [see Contraindications (4), Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].

Fluid Retention

Advise patients to report signs of fluid retention such as peripheral edema in the lower extremities, weight gain, and dyspnea immediately to their healthcare provider [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].

Second Primary Malignancies

Advise patients on the risk of second primary malignancies during treatment with Docetaxel Injection [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)].

Cutaneous Reactions

Advise patients that localized erythema of the extremities and severe skin toxicities may occur. Instruct patients to immediately report severe cutaneous reactions to their healthcare provider [see Dosage and Administration (2.7), Warnings and Precautions (5.8)].

Neurologic Reactions

Advise patients that neurosensory symptoms or peripheral neuropathy may occur. Instruct patients to immediately report neurologic reactions to their healthcare provider [see Dosage and Administration (2.7), Warnings and Precautions (5.9)].

Eye Disorders

Advise patients that vision disturbances and excessive tearing are associated with Docetaxel Injection administration. Instruct patients to immediately report any vision changes to their healthcare provider [see Warnings and Precautions (5.10)].

Gastrointestinal Reactions

Explain to patients that nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation are associated with Docetaxel Injection administration. Instruct patients to report any severe events to their healthcare provider [see Adverse Reactions (6)].

Cardiac Disorders

Advise patients to report any irregular and/or rapid heartbeat, severe shortness of breath, dizziness, and/or fainting immediately to their healthcare provider [see Adverse Reactions (6)].

Other Common Adverse Reactions

Advise patients that other common adverse reactions associated with Docetaxel Injection may include alopecia (cases of permanent hair loss have been reported), asthenia, anorexia, dysgeusia, mucositis, myalgia, nail disorders, or pain. Instruct patients to report these reactions to their healthcare provider if serious events occur [see Adverse Reactions (6)].

Importance of Corticosteroids

Explain the significance of oral corticosteroids such as dexamethasone administration to the patient to help facilitate compliance. Instruct patients to report to their healthcare provider if they were not compliant with the oral corticosteroid regimen [see Dosage and Administration (2.6)].

Embryo-Fetal Toxicity

Docetaxel Injection can cause fetal harm. Advise patients to inform their healthcare provider of a known or suspected pregnancy. Advise patients to avoid becoming pregnant while receiving this drug. Advise female patients of reproductive potential to use effective contraceptives during treatment and for 6 months after the last dose of Docetaxel Injection. Advise male patients with female partners of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment and for 3 months after the last dose of Docetaxel Injection [see Warnings and Precautions (5.12), Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.3)].

Lactation

Advise women not to breastfeed during Docetaxel Injection treatment and for 1 week after the last dose [see Use in Specific Populations (8.2)].

Infertility

Advise males of reproductive potential that Docetaxel Injection may impair fertility [see Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

Alcohol Content in Docetaxel Injection

Explain to patients the possible effects of the alcohol content in Docetaxel Injection, including possible effects on the central nervous system [see Warnings and Precautions (5.13)].

Tumor Lysis Syndrome

Advise patients of the potential risk of tumor lysis syndrome and to immediately report any signs or symptoms associated with this event (nausea, vomiting, confusion, shortness of breath, seizure, irregular heartbeat, dark or cloudy urine, reduced amount of urine, unusual tiredness, muscle cramps) to their healthcare provider. Advise patients of the importance of keeping scheduled appointment for blood work or other laboratory tests and of drinking adequate fluids to avoid dehydration. [see Warnings and Precautions (5.14)].

Ability to Drive or Operate Machines

Explain to patients that Docetaxel Injection may impair their ability to drive or operate machines due to its side effects [see Adverse Reactions (6)] or due to the alcohol content of Docetaxel Injection [see Warnings and Precautions (5.13)]. Advise them not to drive or use machines if they experience these side effects during treatment.

Drug Interactions

Inform patients about the risk of drug interactions and the importance of providing a list of prescription and non-prescription drugs to their healthcare provider [see Drug Interactions (7)].

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