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Adriamycin

Adriamycin



USES: Doxorubicin is one of a large group of drugs known as "antineoplastics"; these drugs are also known as cancer drugs, chemotherapy, or "chemo". They are used in the treatment of various cancers to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. A combination of different types of cancer drugs will often be used to achieve better results and minimize side effects.

 
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Adriamycin

Uses
Doxorubicin is one of a large group of drugs known as "antineoplastics"; these drugs are also known as cancer drugs, chemotherapy, or "chemo". They are used in the treatment of various cancers to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. A combination of different types of cancer drugs will often be used to achieve better results and minimize side effects.
Notes
  • This medication can lower your body's ability to fight an infection.
  • Notify your doctor if you develop any signs of an infection such as fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • Avoid touching your eyes or inside your nose without first washing your hands.
  • Use caution with sharp objects like safety razors or nail cutters and avoid activities such as contact sports in order to lower the chance of getting cut, bruised or injured.
  • Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without consent of your doctor, and avoid contact with people who have recently received oral polio vaccine.
  • Regular doctor visits are important.
  • Frequent blood tests will be done to monitor therapy.

Storage
  • Store powder at room temperature.


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Adriamycin HCL for Injection,
Adriamycin HCL for Injection,


How To Use
  • HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This is a potent medication.
  • Use it exactly as prescribed.
  • Tell your doctor or nurse immediately if you experience pain, burning or redness at the place where injected.
  • Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication.
  • This helps your kidneys to remove the drug from your body and avoid some of the side effects.
  • Do not stop taking this medication, even if you feel nauseated or experience vomiting.

Side Effects
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are common side effects.
  • Taking the medication on an empty stomach may help relieve vomiting.
  • Changes in diet such as eating several small meals or limiting activity may help lessen some of these effects.
  • In some cases, drug therapy may be necessary to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting.
  • This medication may turn your urine a reddish color.
  • This is a normal effect of the drug as it leaves your body and is not blood in the urine.
  • The effect should clear up within 2 days after each dose is given.
  • Temporary hair loss is another common side effect; normal hair growth should return after treatment has ended.
  • Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms: sores in mouth or on lips, fever or chills, cough or hoarseness, lower back or side pain, painful or difficult urination, fast or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, wheezing, swelling of feet or lower legs, stomach pain, joint pain, unusual bleeding or bruising, black, tarry stools, blood in urine or stools, small red spots on the skin, skin rash or itching skin.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor if you have any blood disorders, heart disease or liver disease.
  • This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
  • Consult your doctor before using this drug.
  • It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
  • Because this medication can affect the production of sperm in men, a reliable form of birth control is recommended while using this drug.

Missed Dose
  • For optimal benefits, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed.
  • If you miss a dose, inform your doctor.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may take especially digoxin or other anti-cancer drugs, progesterones, verapamil, cyclosporine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, streptozocin or live virus vaccines.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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