Doxorubicin (Liposomal): Uses & Sides Effects

It is used to treat cancer. Use doxorubicin (liposomal) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely. It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time. Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Doxorubicin?

If you have an allergy to doxorubicin or any other part of doxorubicin (liposomal).

If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take doxorubicin (liposomal).

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Doxorubicin?

Tell all of your health care providers that you take doxorubicin (liposomal). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.

You will need to have heart function tests while taking doxorubicin (liposomal). Talk with the doctor.

You may have more chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.

You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.

If you have upset stomach, throwing up, diarrhea, or are not hungry, talk with your doctor. There may be ways to lower these side effects.

To help with mouth sores, use a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinse the mouth. Do not use mouth rinses that have alcohol in them.

If you have had daunorubicin, doxorubicin, epirubicin, idarubicin, or mitoxantrone before, talk with your doctor.

Cases of mouth cancer have happened in people who have used doxorubicin (liposomal) long-term (more than 1 year). These cancers have happened during care with doxorubicin (liposomal) and up to 6 years after the last dose. Your doctor will check your mouth during care with doxorubicin (liposomal). Call your doctor right away if you have mouth pain, sores, or ulcers.

Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines. Use of some vaccines with doxorubicin (liposomal) may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well.

If you are a man and have sex with a female who could get pregnant, protect her from pregnancy during care and for 6 months after care ends. Use birth control that you can trust.

If you are a man and your sex partner gets pregnant while you take doxorubicin (liposomal) or within 6 months after your last dose, call your doctor right away.

This medicine may affect fertility. Fertility problems may lead to not being able to get pregnant or father a child. In both men and women, this may go back to normal but sometimes it may not. Talk with your doctor.

Periods may stop in women treated with doxorubicin (liposomal). This may not go back to normal. Women treated with doxorubicin (liposomal) may go through menopause at a younger age than normal. Talk with your doctor.

This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.

Use birth control that you can trust during care and for 6 months after care ends.

If you get pregnant while taking doxorubicin (liposomal) or within 6 months after your last dose, call your doctor right away.

Side Effects

Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.

Signs of bleeding like throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds; coughing up blood; blood in the urine; black, red, or tarry stools; bleeding from the gums; vaginal bleeding that is not normal; bruises without a reason or that get bigger; or any bleeding that is very bad or that you cannot stop.

A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.

Redness or irritation of the palms of hands or soles of feet.

Mouth irritation or mouth sores.

Feeling very tired or weak.

Blood clots in the lungs have happened with doxorubicin (liposomal). Blood clots in the lungs may be very bad or life-threatening. Call your doctor right away if you have chest pain or pressure, coughing up blood, fast breathing, fast heartbeat, or shortness of breath.

This medicine may irritate the vein. If the drug leaks from the vein, it may also cause irritation around that area. Tell your nurse if you have any redness, burning, pain, swelling, or leaking of fluid where the drug is going into your body.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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