doxorubicin liposomal - injection, Doxil (cont.)

USES: Liposomal doxorubicin is an anthracycline-type chemotherapy drug that is used alone or with other treatments/medications to treat certain types of cancer (e.g., ovarian cancer, AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma, multiple myeloma). It works by slowing or stopping cancer cell growth.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This medication may also be used to treat breast cancer.

HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a vein over 30-60 minutes or longer by a health care professional. Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. The injection should start slowly (1 milligram or less per minute) to decrease the risks from possible serious reactions. This medication should not be injected into a muscle or beneath the skin. Notify your doctor immediately if redness, pain, or swelling occur at or near the injection site.The dosage is based on your medical condition, body size, and response to therapy.Follow all instructions for proper mixing, dilution with the correct IV fluids, and injection. The final product should be hazy and reddish in color. Before using, check this medication visually for particles. If particles are present, do not use the liquid. Do not use an in-line filter when giving this medication. If you have questions regarding the use of this medication, consult the pharmacist.If this medication touches your skin, immediately and completely wash skin with soap and water. If this medication gets in your eye, open the eyelids and flush with plenty of water for 15 minutes. Seek immediate medical attention.Family members and caregivers should take precautions (e.g., wear gloves) to prevent contact with the patient's urine or other body fluid for at least 5 days after treatment. Learn how to store and discard needles, medical supplies and medical waste safely. Consult your pharmacist.

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