DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable)


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DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable) Drug and Prescription Information

DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable)

DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable) Medication Classification

DOXORUBICIN (Injection)

DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable) Brandname

Adriamycin

DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable) is used for the Treatment

Doxorubicin (dox-oh-ROO-bi-sin) Treats many kinds of cancers and is often used in combination with other medicines.

When To Not Use DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable)

You should not be given this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to doxorubicin.

How Should You Use DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable)

Injectable

  • This medicine, like all medicines used to treat cancer, is very strong. Make sure you understand why you are getting it and what the risks and benefits of treatment are. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor.
  • You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or chemotherapy treatment center. A nurse or other caregiver trained to give cancer drugs will give your treatment.
  • Your medicine will be given through a tube that is put in a vein, usually in your arm, wrist, or hand and sometimes in your chest. This is called intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us), or IV.
  • The medicine is usually given once every 21 to 28 days.
  • You may also receive other medicines to help prevent nausea and vomiting.
  • Do not get the medicine on your skin. If it does, wash the area well with soap and water, and tell your caregiver.
  • Keep all medicine away from children.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or clinic where you get your treatments for instructions.

Proper DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable) Storage

Store DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Some medicines may become harmful when taken with doxorubicin. You should not use any other medicines without asking your doctor.
  • You should not use aspirin or any product that has aspirin in it (such as some cold medicines) unless you have talked to your doctor.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Talk to your doctor before getting any vaccines (such as flu shots).

DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable) Warnings

  • Do not breastfeed while you are getting this medicine.
  • If you start to have pain, redness, or swelling where the IV is given tell your caregiver right away.
  • This medicine may turn your urine red for 1 or 2 days after your treatment. This is normal. You may need to protect your clothing from being stained.
  • You may get infections more easily while being treated with this medicine. Stay away from crowds or people with colds, flu, or other infections.
  • Tell your doctor if you have liver or heart disease before you get this medicine.
  • Your doctor may want to test your heart while you are receiving treatments with doxorubicin and after treatments have stopped. Be sure to keep all appointments.
  • This medicine may make your mouth sore and irritated. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush or mouth swab.
  • Chemotherapy causes nausea and/or vomiting in most people, sometimes even after receiving medicines to prevent it. Ask your doctor or nurse about other ways to control these side effects.
  • Do not get pregnant while you or your sexual partner are receiving doxorubicin. Use two forms of birth control while you are being treated with this medicine. This is very important whether you are a man or a woman.
  • If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before you start your treatments.

DOXORUBICIN (Injection) (Injectable) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Blood in urine or stools
  • Difficulty swallowing, pain or burning in throat or chest
  • Fever, chills, or sore throat
  • Hives, rash, or severe itching
  • Redness, swelling, or pain where the IV is given
  • Sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips, mouth, or tongue
  • Trouble breathing, swelling in legs and feet
  • Uncontrollable nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hair loss

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