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Patient Counseling Information
Patients and patients' caregivers should be informed of the expected adverse effects of DOXIL (doxorubicin hcl liposome injection) , particularly hand-foot syndrome, stomatitis, and neutropenia and related complications of neutropenic fever, infection, and sepsis.
Hand-Foot Syndrome (HFS): Patients who experience tingling or burning, redness, flaking, bothersome swelling, small blisters, or small sores on the palms of their hands or soles of their feet (symptoms of Hand-Foot Syndrome) should notify their physician.
Stomatitis: Patients who experience painful redness, swelling, or sores in the mouth (symptoms of stomatitis) should notify their physician.
Fever and Neutropenia: Patients who develop a fever of 100.5°F or higher should notify their physician.
Nausea, vomiting, tiredness, weakness, rash, or mild hair loss: Patients who develop any of these symptoms should notify their physician.
Following its administration, DOXIL (doxorubicin hcl liposome injection) may impart a reddish-orange color to the urine and other body fluids. This nontoxic reaction is due to the color of the product and will dissipate as the drug is eliminated from the body.
Last reviewed on RxList: 6/19/2007
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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