Taxotere Hair Loss Lawsuit News

Taxotere Benefits and Side Effects

Taxotere has many life-extending benefits and for some it has a very devastating side effect

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Taxotere is the brand name for the chemotherapy agent Docetaxel, marketed by Sanofi-Aventis, and used by cancer physicians to treat breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer and cancers of the head and neck and gastric intestinal system. The anti-cancer chemotherapy drug was first granted marketing approval in 1995 to treat breast cancer in women. Currently, Taxotere is the world's most widely used chemotherapy drug treating approximately 75% of the world's 3 million people suffering from cancer. The 3 million people diagnosed worldwide with cancer each year make for a multi-billion dollar annual market for the drug.

On the official Sanofi website, Taxotere claims to provide a significant benefit for men suffering from prostate cancer and in clinical studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has been found to increase the number of cancer patients who survive at least two-years by 30%. Because of the toxicity of Taxotere, cancer patients suffering from abnormal liver function experience an increased risk of treatment-related mortality. Patients also report a feeling of drunkenness after treatments due to the drugs high alcohol content and patients should be warned not to drive for a period after receiving treatment. Taxotere is a highly-toxic, anti-cancer chemotherapy drug prescribed to patients when a doctor feels that the risks are outweighed by the life-extension benefits. Severe nausea and vomiting are the most well known adverse side effects of the drug followed by diarrhea, lethargy, weight loss from loss of appetite, and hair loss amongst many others. Anti-cancer chemotherapy such as Taxotere reduces the body's ability to fight infection, therefore, a patient should watch for sores or lesions that develop that do not heal normally.

Patients using Taxotere are taking issue with doctors that do not fully explain one, very serious side effect. Doctors advise that hair loss will only be temporary, however, in approximately 10-15% of patient, permanent, irreversible hair loss, called Alopecia results. Taxotere patients are suing Sanofi claiming that they were unaware that Taxotere can cause permanent hair loss and had they been forewarned would have sought a less toxic form of treatment. Permanent hair loss in women can be a psychologically traumatic experience that some never recover from. Women who unexpectedly develope Alopecia report severe, immobilizing depression, some not even being able to get out of bed in the morning, let alone get up and go to work. Taxotere Alopecia entails complete and total hair loss including not only the hair on one's head, but also eyelashes, eyebrows, and all body hair. Some doctors are unaware of the Alopecia side effect of Taxotere and others feel that hair loss, whether permanent or temporary is merely a vanity issue unworthy of serious consideration. This is not so for thousands of women who are taking Sanofi-Aventis to court. As of August 2017 over 1900 Taxotere hair loss lawsuits have been filed against the company by women who allege Sanofi-Aventis knew as early as 2005 that the drug could cause permanent hair loss but failed to warn them.

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