IN THIS ARTICLE
What happens if I miss a dose (Adriamycin)?
Contact your doctor if you miss a dose of doxorubicin.
What happens if I overdose (Adriamycin)?
If for any reason an overdose of doxorubicin is suspected, seek emergency medical attention or contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Symptoms of a doxorubicin overdose tend to be similar to side effects caused by the medication, although often more severe.
What should I avoid while using doxorubicin (Adriamycin)?
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.
Doxorubicin can lower the activity of your immune system making you susceptible to infections. Avoid contact with people who have colds, the flu, or other contagious illnesses and do not receive vaccines that contain live strains of a virus (e.g., live oral polio vaccine) during treatment with doxorubicin. In addition, avoid contact with individuals who have recently been vaccinated with a live vaccine. There is a chance that the virus can be passed on to you.
What other drugs will affect doxorubicin (Adriamycin)?
Do not use doxorubicin without first talking to your doctor if you have had previous treatment with doxorubicin (Adriamycin, Rubex), doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil), daunorubicin (Cerubidine), daunorubicin liposomal (Daunoxome), idarubicin (Idamycin), or mitoxantrone (Novantrone). Because there is a maximum amount of these medications that should be administered to an individual, you may not be able to use doxorubicin.
Before using doxorubicin, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines.
You may not be able to take doxorubicin, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Do not receive "live" vaccines during treatment with doxorubicin. Administration of a live vaccine may be dangerous during treatment with doxorubicin.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with doxorubicin. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products, during treatment with doxorubicin.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about doxorubicin.
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.
Need help identifying pills and medications?