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Doxil Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Doxil
Generic Name: doxorubicin liposomal (Pronunciation: DOZ oh ROO bi sin LYE poe SOE mal)
- What is doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil)?
- What are the possible side effects of doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil)?
- What is the most important information I should know about doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil)?
- Who should not use doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil)?
- How should I use doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Doxil)?
- What happens if I overdose (Doxil)?
- What should I avoid while using doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil)?
- What other drugs will affect doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil)?
Doxorubicin liposomal is a cancer (antineoplastic) medication. Doxorubicin liposomal interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.
Doxorubicin liposomal is used to treat metastatic ovarian cancer and AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma.
Doxorubicin liposomal may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil)?
If you experience all of the following serious side effects from doxorubicin liposomal, contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (including difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- decreased bone marrow function and blood problems (extreme fatigue; easy bruising or bleeding; black, bloody or tarry stools; or fever, chills, or signs of infection);
- congestive heart failure (difficulty breathing, fluid retention, chest pain);
- irregular heartbeats;
- tissue or vein reactions near the site of administration;
- liver damage (abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite;
- inflamation and sores inside the mouth, throat, or intestines;
- fever, chills, or other signs of infection;
- tingling, burning, redness, flaking, bothersome swelling, small blisters, or small sores on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet;
- numbness, tingling, or difficult movement of a body part;
- seizures; or
- increased levels of uric acid in the body (joint pain and stiffness).
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue taking doxorubicin liposomal and talk to your doctor if you experience:
- facial flushing during administration;
- temporary hair loss; or
- red colored urine shortly after receiving a dose (may continue for 1 or 2 days).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Doxil (doxorubicin hcl liposome injection) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil)?
Doxorubicin liposomal should only be administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents.
Serious side effects have been reported with the use of doxorubicin liposomal including: allergic reactions (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); severe heart damage with prolonged use; decreased bone marrow function and blood problems (extreme fatigue; easy bruising or bleeding; black, bloody or tarry stools; fever or chills; or signs of infection); severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite; and others. Talk to your doctor about the possible side effects from treatment with doxorubicin liposomal.
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