Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug used in cancer treatments, including breast cancer. It is one of many different chemotherapy drugs on the market that work in very similar ways. The main difference is that Taxotere may cause permanent hair loss, unlike the temporary hair loss caused by other types of cancer drugs.
If you were given Taxotere as part of your breast cancer treatment and suffered from permanent alopecia (hair loss) as a result, call Shaw Cowart LLC today at 512-499-8900 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Risks of Taxotere
In addition to hair loss, other side effects of Taxotere can include:
- Extreme weakness
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea
- Fever, chills, and body aches
- Easy bruising
- Rapid heart rate
- Trouble concentrating
More serious side effects of Taxotere can include heart issues, nerve damage, eye disorders, and even death.
Although many chemotherapy drugs cause the same kind of side effects, Taxotere stands out because it has been shown to cause permanent hair loss. Most women accept temporary hair loss as an unfortunate but unavoidable side effect of chemotherapy. These women, however, are not prepared to permanently lose their hair.
Do You Have Grounds for a Taxotere Lawsuit?
Permanently losing your hair can cause significant mental distress, especially for women. If you were given Taxotere without being warned of the possibility of permanent alopecia, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Taxotere is not the only drug available to help in the treatment of breast cancer and other types of cancer. Other drugs may be more appropriate for a woman who is not prepared to permanently lose her hair. Other types of drugs, including Taxol, are equally effective but do not carry the same risk of permanent alopecia.
Plaintiffs in Taxotere lawsuits have put forth the following claims:
- Taxotere drug makers provided kickbacks and unlawful incentives to physicians so that they would prescribe Taxotere over other types of chemo drugs
- Taxotere drug makers misled the public to believe that hair loss from Taxotere was temporary
- Taxotere was marketed as the most effective cancer drug, while there were other drugs on the market that were equally as effective without causing permanent hair loss
Compensation in a Taxotere Lawsuit
If you suffered from permanent hair loss after taking Taxotere as part of your breast cancer treatment, you may be entitled to compensation which could include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
For many women, losing their hair can cause a dramatic loss in self-esteem and quality of life, especially if they weren’t expecting it. Plus, wigs can be uncomfortable and take time to put on every day, and realistic wigs are expensive.
If you weren’t told of the possibility of losing your hair permanently from Taxotere, contact our experienced drug litigation attorneys to see if you may be eligible for compensation.