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Doxorubicin

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Anthracycline Cancer-related

Doxorubicin - What is it for

Doxorubicin is an intravenous chemotherapy used alone or in combination with other agents for the treatment of certain types of cancer.

Doxorubicin - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Doxorubicin cause?

Early side effects

  • Nausea and vomiting may occur during and after treatment and may last for 1 to 2 days.
    There are medications available, which may prevent or decrease these side effects. If you are given these medications, take them as directed.
  • Pain or skin damage similar to a burn may happen if the drug leaks outside the vein.
  • Transient rash along the vein being used for injection may occur.
  • Urine may be coloured pink or orange or red for 1 to 2 days after the drug is given.

Delayed side effects

  • A drop in the white blood cell counts may occur 7 to 14 days after treatment.
  • Temporary hair loss may begin 2 to 3 weeks after treatment.
  • Mouth ulcers and/or tenderness may occur within 1 to 4 days of treatment.
  • Nail changes (discolouration, appearance of white or dark streaks, loosening of nails from nail beds) may occur.

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever of 38°C or higher, chills or sore throat.
  • Sore throat, hoarseness or mouth sores.
  • Pain and itchiness, redness or swelling at or near the injection site.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising or black tarry stools.
  • Signs of heart problems such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, swelling of feet or lower legs.

Before taking Doxorubicin, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Doxorubicin?

Doxorubicin - Dosage and How to Use

How should Doxorubicin be used?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Doxorubicin - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Doxorubicin safely?

How should I store Doxorubicin?

How should I dispose of Doxorubicin safely?

Doxorubicin - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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