Drugs That Cause Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted on July 11th, 2010 by

Many of the chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer are highly toxic and can kill neurons. Arsenic trioxide, sold under the brand name Trisenox; bortezomib, sold as Velcade; docetaxel, sold as Taxotere; oxaliplatin, sold as Eloxatin; and paclitaxel, sold as Taxol, have been shown to cause peripheral neuropathy in more than 30 percent of patients treated with these medications, according to the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. The University of New Mexico Cancer Center also reports other chemotherapy agents have been shown to cause peripheral neuropathy in 10 to 29 percent of patients treated.   Link

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