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Does anyone have suggestions to alleviate taxotere and cytoxan side effects? I've just had my first dose and I'm experiencing body aches and skin breakouts. Help!

celien thorne Profile
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anonymous

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  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Hi Celien, I also broke out in red spots all over my torso, arms, and face due to Taxotere. They itched and sometimes hurt. I found Gold Bond lotion made them feel much better. I'd put it on damp skin as I was getting out of the shower. Also, my oncologist gave me some low-dose steroids to deal with it. I had body aches for a week after my first three or so treatments, then felt much better before my next treatment. As I had more treatments, though, the pain lasted much longer and finally didn't end between treatments. Make sure you get good pain medication from your doctor, and don't be afraid to ask for something strong. You have to stay on top of it or you end up miserable all the time. I took Percocet, which also helped me take naps during the day. It eased the pain and made me sleepy. A word of caution, and THIS WAS MY EXPERIENCE, ONLY. As my treatments went on my reaction to Taxotere got worse. Please listen to your body and speak up if any of the symptoms get worse or if you develop new ones. Best of luck on your journey. Just remember that it's not going to last forever.
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I did taxotere/cytoxan 6 rounds from March thru June 2011. It wasn't a picnic but it was doable. I worked through 1-4. 5&6 I was on summer break. Use the meds for side effects. Talk to your doctor. It wll be over and you will be better and alive.
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I did taxotere/cytoxan 6 rounds from March thru June 2011. It wasn't a picnic but it was doable. I worked through 1-4. 5&6 I was on summer break. Use the meds for side effects. Talk to your doctor. It wll be over and you will be better and alive.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Connie Logan Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    I've been using pure aloe gel. It does have a few extra ingredients in it but is pretty soothing and I've only been using Cetaphil moisturizer on all skin including my face. Other ones were burning. Wonder how the aloe plant itself would work.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Connie Logan Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    I'm so sorry I answered before saying that aloe and cetaphil were soothing. I'm on my second treatment of taxotere and cytoxin and I just got to the rashy/itchy part and now I remember that I can't figure out how to get rid of the itch. I've been taking Benadryl and actually have been using scalpicin and Medi Quick wherever I can, but I'm still itchy. I'm on the 9th day after treatment and since I keep a journal I know that it does go away I think in a few days. I only mentioned it for two days in my journal. Hope it goes fast for both of us! Good luck
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Connie Logan Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    One more thing and then I'll stop. Gold Bond Medicated extra strength powder. Just used it and it stopped itchiness. And use even on face at night or anytime but you may look like a puff of white. Certainly seems to dry up oily rashy skin.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Lisa Doheny Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I got such a bad rash from the taxotere that I spoke tho my dr and he lessen the dosage by 10% and it made a huge difference no rash this time he also changed my booster shot to neulasa & it's a world of difference. At least I can tolerate it now I suggest you talk to your dr. Good luck & good bless
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • nancy  wilcox Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    whenever my face breaks out I put a good amount of Caladryl( it is for poison ivy etc). I use this because it has calamine and benedryl in it or you could use plain calamine. I guarantee it works for me.
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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