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AdrimycinGeneric name: Doxorubicin
Trade name: Adriamycin
Other names: Hydroxydaunomycin, Doxil, Rubex
Drug type: Doxorubicin is a type of antibiotic that is only used in cancer chemotherapy. It slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in your body. The length of treatment depends on the types of drugs you are taking, how well your body responds to them, and the type of cancer you have.
This medication is used to treat:
Other uses for this medicine
Doxorubicin is also used to treat Ewing's tumor; squamous cell carcinomas of the head, neck, cervix, and vagina; carcinomas of the testes, prostate, and uterus; and refractory multiple myeloma. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.
Before taking doxorubicin:
You should know that doxorubicin may interfere with the normal menstrual cycle (period) in women and may stop sperm production in men. However, you should not assume that you cannot get pregnant or that you cannot get someone else pregnant. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should tell their doctors before they begin taking this drug. You should not plan to have children while receiving chemotherapy or for a while after treatments. (Talk to your doctor for further details.) Use a reliable method of birth control to prevent pregnancy. Doxorubicin may harm the fetus. Do not have any vaccinations (e.g., measles or flu shots) without talking to your doctor.
Side effects from doxorubicin are common and include:
If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNINGS section, call your doctor immediately:
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online[at http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/index.html] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
Last Reviewed - 09/01/2008
|Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:45|