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Paclitaxel belongs to the group of cancer-fighting medications known as antineoplastics. Paclitaxel works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells in your body. Paclitaxel is used alone or in combination with other cancer medications to treat cancers of the ovary, breast, or lung. It may also be used to treat another form of cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma.
Nab-paclitaxel is a slightly different form of the same medication. It is used alone or in combination with other cancer medications to treat breast cancer that has spread (metastasized), or in combination with other medications to treat cancer of the pancreas that has metastasized.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor.
Each mL of paclitaxel for injection USP contains paclitaxel 6 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: polyoxyl 35 castor oil 527 mg and anhydrous ethanol 396 mg.