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When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for when and how to take doxorubicin include the following:
 
  • Doxorubicin is administered intravenously (through an IV).
     
  • Most people receive their injection at their healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or at an "infusion center."
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Doxorubicin will not work as well if you stop taking it before your healthcare provider recommends.
     

Dosing Information

The dose of doxorubicin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The type of cancer being treated
  • Your height and weight
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Doxorubicin Dosing for more information.)
 

Drug Interactions

Doxorubicin can potentially interact with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Doxorubicin).
 

What If I Take an Overdose?

People who take too much doxorubicin may have overdose symptoms that could include:
 
  • Mouth sores or other sores in the digestive tract
  • Low levels of white blood cells
  • Low levels of platelets in the blood
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF).
     
It is unlikely for a person to take too much, however, as it is given by a healthcare provider.
 
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