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Brand Names: Doxil, Lipodox, Lipodox 50

Generic Name: doxorubicin liposomal (Pronunciation: DOZ oh ROO bi sin LYE poe SOE mal)

What is doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil, Lipodox, Lipodox 50)?

Doxorubicin liposomal is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Doxorubicin liposomal is used to treat ovarian cancer, AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma, and multiple myeloma.

Doxorubicin liposomal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil, Lipodox, Lipodox 50)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed, sweaty, or have a headache, chest tightness, back pain, trouble breathing, or swelling in your face.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • pain, redness, swelling, blistering, or peeling skin on your hands or feet;
  • feeling short of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, rapid weight gain;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin; or
  • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating.

Doxorubicin liposomal may cause your urine to turn a reddish-orange color. This side effect by itself is usually not harmful. However, call your doctor if you also have upper stomach pain, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes).

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil, Lipodox, Lipodox 50)?

Doxorubicin liposomal is a cancer medication.

Doxorubicin liposomal may increase the risk of heart or liver problems. Before you receive doxorubicin liposomal, tell your doctor if you have heart or liver disease.

Doxorubicin liposomal can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. You may get an infection or bleed more easily. Call your doctor if you have unusual bruising or bleeding, or signs of infection (fever, chills, body aches).

Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed, sweaty, or have a headache, chest tightness, back pain, trouble breathing, or swelling in your face.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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