Generic Name : Doxorubicin Pronunciation : dox oh roo' bi sin
Therapeutic Classification : Chemotherapy Trade Name(s):
India- Adriamycin Vial, Adrim Inj, Adrosal Vial, Cadria Vial, Caelyx Vial, Cardia Vial, Dobicin Vial, Dobixin Inj, Doxilyd Inj, Doxobin Vial, Doxolem Vial, Doxomed Vial, Doxorex Vial, Doxorubicin Vial, Doxorubicin-Inj Vial, Doxorubin Vial, Doxulip Vial, Doxutec Vial, Duxocin Inj, Lyphidox Vial, Naprodox Vial, Oncodox Inj, Oncodria Vial, Rubinat Vial, Tevadox Inj, Tumodox Inj, Zodox Vial.
International- Adriamycin PFS, Adriamycin RDF, Adriamycin, Doxil, Rubex. Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is a cytotoxic anthracycline antibiotic, prescribed for treating various types of cancer. It works by killing cancer cells. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Contraindicated in patients with heart problem, who have previously received treatment with other anticancer medicines, decreased blood counts, bone marrow depression and hypersensitivity.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
Adult- IV- The recommended dose is 60-75 mg once in 21 days or 30 mg daily for 3 days every four weeks. How it should be taken :
It comes as solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein. Warnings and Precautions :
* Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart or blood vessel disease or liver problems, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
* It may reduce platelet counts which leads to severe bleeding; avoid bruising and bleeding.
* Avoid vaccination while taking this medication. Side Effects :
Severe Effects - Heart failure and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Gastrointestinal - Loss of appetite, abdominal pain, dehydration, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Skin - Pigmentation, rash, itching and light sensitivity.
* Avoid contact with persons with known infections.
* Do not drink alcoholic beverages or take drugs containing aspirin because these can cause gastric bleeding. Storage Conditions :
Store powder at room temperature.
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