doxorubicin liposomal - injection, Doxil
GENERIC NAME: DOXORUBICIN LIPOSOMAL - INJECTION (DOX-oh-ROO-bi-sin LYE-poe-SOE-mal)
BRAND NAME(S): Doxil
WARNING: Liposomal doxorubicin may cause heart problems, including possibly fatal heart failure. Heart problems may occur during liposomal doxorubicin therapy or months to years after receiving this medication. Your risk of developing heart problems depends on your dose, medical history (including previous heart disease, radiation therapy in the chest area), and previous use of this and other drugs (including daunorubicin and cyclophosphamide). Children are at higher risk and should be monitored later in life for delayed heart problems. See also Side Effects section.
This medication may cause certain severe (rarely fatal) blood disorders (bone marrow suppression leading to low red blood cells/white blood cells /platelets). This can lower your body's ability to fight infection and stop bleeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any signs of infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat), unusual tiredness, or easy bleeding/bruising.
While this drug is first being given into your vein, this medication may cause severe (rarely fatal) reactions, including allergic reactions. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience flushing, trouble breathing, swelling of the face, tightness in the chest/throat, chills, back pain, severe dizziness, or fast heartbeat. See also Side Effects section.
Tell your doctor if you have liver problems because the dose may need to be decreased.
Your doctor will closely monitor you while you are being treated with this medication.
Different types of this medication work in different ways. Do not switch types of this medication without your doctor's permission.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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