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Doxorubicin - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Doxorubicin

Generic Name : Doxorubicin
Pronunciation : dox oh roo' bi sin
Latest prescription information about Doxorubicin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Doxorubicin

India : 

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International : 

Adriamycin PFS, Adriamycin RDF, Adriamycin, Doxil, Rubex
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Why is Doxorubicin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a cytotoxic anthracycline antibiotic, prescribed for treating various types of cancer. It works by killing cancer cells.
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When should Doxorubicin not 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.

What is the dosage of Doxorubicin?

Adult- IV- The recommended dose is 60-75 mg once in 21 days or 30 mg daily for 3 days every four weeks.

How should Doxorubicin be taken?

It comes as solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Doxorubicin?

• 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.

What are the side effects of Doxorubicin?

   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.

What are the other precautions for Doxorubicin?

Avoid contact with persons with known infections.
Do not drink alcoholic beverages or take drugs containing aspirin because these can cause gastric bleeding.

What are the storage conditions for Doxorubicin?

Store powder at room temperature.

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Drugs that are to be used only under medical supervision.



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peters, India

this is the best information on doxorubicin ever i met

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