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Adriamycin PFS

Adriamycin PFS Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Adriamycin

Generic Name: doxorubicin (Pronunciation: DOX oh ROO bi sin)

What is doxorubicin (Adriamycin PFS)?

Doxorubicin is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Doxorubicin is used to treat different types of cancers that affect the breast, bladder, ovary, thyroid, stomach, lungs, bones, nerve tissues, bones, muscles, joints, and soft tissues. Doxorubicin is also used to treat Hodgkin's disease and certain types of leukemia.

Doxorubicin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of doxorubicin (Adriamycin PFS)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your caregivers at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • pain, burning, irritation, or skin changes where the injection was given;
  • feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain (especially in your face and midsection);
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • fast, slow, or uneven heartbeats;
  • anxiety, sweating, severe shortness of breath, wheezing, gasping for breath;
  • chest pain, sudden cough, cough with foamy mucus, rapid breathing, coughing up blood;
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • lower back pain, blood in your urine, urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • numbness or tingly feeling around your mouth, weak pulse, overactive reflexes, confusion, fainting;
  • muscle weakness, tightness, or contraction;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; or
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • missed menstrual periods;
  • darkening of your skin or nails;
  • temporary hair loss;
  • feeling weak or tired;
  • mild nausea, diarrhea; or
  • eye redness, puffy eyelids.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Adriamycin PFS (doxorubicin hydrochloride) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about doxorubicin (Adriamycin PFS)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to doxorubicin or similar medications (Cerubidine, Ellence, Idamycin, Novantrone), or if you have an untreated or uncontrolled infection, severe liver disease, severe heart problems, or if you have recently had a heart attack.

Doxorubicin can have serious side effects on your heart. Before you are treated with doxorubicin, tell your doctor if you have a history of heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, congestive heart failure, or heart attack.

Also tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially about any other cancer medications or treatments you have received (including radiation).

Do not use doxorubicin if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.

Doxorubicin can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. Your blood may need to be tested often. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding injury. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.

Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using doxorubicin, or you could develop a serious infection.

Using doxorubicin may increase your risk of developing other types of cancer, such as leukemia. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.

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