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Doxorubicin Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Adriamycin®

Canadian Brand Names

Adriamycin®

Mexican Brand Names

Adriblastina RD; Caelyx; Doxolem RU; Doxopeg; Doxotec; Doxtie

Pharmacologic Category

Antineoplastic Agent, Anthracycline

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine may cause damage to your heart in certain situations. Talk with healthcare provider. Patients with liver disease need a lower dose. This medicine can have severe effects on the bone marrow. The bone marrow may not be able to produce the cells found in the blood as well as it used to.

• This medicine may irritate or damage the vein.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to doxorubicin or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Bone marrow disease, fast heartbeat, severe liver disease, or severely weakened heart.

• If you have received the maximum lifetime dose already. This may vary, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have received a full treatment with daunorubicin, doxorubicin, epirubicin, idarubicin, or mitoxantrone.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Doxorubicin injures cancer cells causing their death.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine can be used alone or in combination with other cancer medicine.

• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein.

• Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Call healthcare provider for instructions.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Heart function tests. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Check weight weekly. Report a weight loss to healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:36:11.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:30:20.0

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