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doxorubicin (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using doxorubicin (Adriamycin)?

Do not use doxorubicin without first talking to your doctor if you have

The use of doxorubicin may be dangerous if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Doxorubicin is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that doxorubicin is known to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use doxorubicin without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Discuss with your doctor the appropriate use of birth control during treatment with doxorubicin if necessary.

Because of the potential for serious side effects in a nursing infant, breast-feeding should be avoided during treatment with doxorubicin.

Children have an increased risk of heart problems due to treatment with doxorubicin. Growth and gonadal development may also be affected.

How should I use doxorubicin (Adriamycin)?

Doxorubicin should only be administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents.

Your doctor will determine the correct amount and frequency of treatment with doxorubicin depending upon the type of cancer being treated and other factors. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns regarding the treatment schedule.

Your doctor will probably want you to have regularly scheduled blood tests and other medical evaluations during treatment with doxorubicin to monitor progress and side effects.

Skin accidentally exposed to doxorubicin should be rinsed thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Caregivers of pediatric patients receiving doxorubicin should avoid contact with the patient's urine and other bodily fluids for at least 5 days after each treatment. Latex gloves and other protective measures may be recommended.

Your healthcare provider will store doxorubicin as directed by the manufacturer. If you are storing doxorubicin at home, follow the directions provided by your healthcare provider.

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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