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doxorubicin liposomal (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving doxorubicin liposomal (Doxil, Lipodox, Lipodox 50)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to doxorubicin.

To make sure doxorubicin liposomal is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • kidney or liver disease;
  • heart disease; or
  • bone marrow suppression.

Tell your doctor about all other cancer medicines or radiation treatments you have received in the past.

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use doxorubicin liposomal if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control while you are using this medication and for at least a few months after your treatment ends.

It is not known whether doxorubicin liposomal passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

How is doxorubicin liposomal given (Doxil, Lipodox, Lipodox 50)?

Doxorubicin liposomal is injected into a vein through an IV. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.

Tell your caregivers if you feel any burning, pain, or swelling around the IV needle when doxorubicin liposomal is injected.

If this medicine accidentally gets on your skin, wash it thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Doxorubicin liposomal can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. Your blood will need to be tested often. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests.

Chemotherapy can pass into body fluids (including urine, feces, vomit, semen, vaginal fluid). Patients or caregivers should wear rubber gloves while cleaning up body fluids, handling contaminated trash or laundry or changing diapers. Wash hands before and after removing gloves. Wash soiled clothing and linens separately from other laundry.

Body fluids should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant. Use condoms during sexual activity to avoid exposure to body fluids.

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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