DOXOrubicin liposomal (generic name)

This medicine is used to treat many kinds of cancer like Kaposi's sarcoma, multiple myeloma, and ovarian cancer
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What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • low blood counts - this medicine may decrease the number of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. You may be at increased risk for infections and bleeding.
  • signs of hand-foot syndrome - tingling or burning, redness, flaking, swelling, small blisters, or small sores on the palms of your hands or the soles of your feet
  • signs of infection - fever or chills, cough, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine
  • signs of decreased platelets or bleeding - bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin, black, tarry stools, blood in the urine
  • signs of decreased red blood cells - unusually weak or tired, fainting spells, lightheadedness
  • back pain, chills, facial flushing, fever, headache, tightness in the chest or throat during the infusion
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain
  • fast, irregular heartbeat
  • mouth pain, redness, sores
  • pain, swelling, redness at site where injected
  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
  • swelling of ankles, feet, or hands
  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • hair loss
  • loss of appetite
  • nail discoloration or damage
  • nausea
  • red or watery eyes
  • red colored urine
  • stomach upset

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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