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Who Should Not Take Doxorubicin?

You should not take doxorubicin if you:
  • Are allergic to Adriamycin, doxorubicin hydrochloride, or any of the inactive components used to make doxorubicin. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
  • Have a low neutrophil count (below 1500 cells/mm3) before starting doxorubicin.
  • Have severe liver disease.
  • Have had a heart attack recently.
  • Have severe heart failure.
  • Have a severe arrhythmia.
  • Have reached your lifetime maximum dose of doxorubicin or other medications, including:
o Daunorubicin (Cerubidine®, DaunoXome®)
o Idarubicin (Idamycin®)
o Valrubicin (Valstar®). 

Precautions and Warnings With Doxorubicin: Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which doxorubicin should not be taken, along with several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before taking the medication. However, it is possible that not all of the warnings or precautions were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific doxorubicin warnings and precautions that may apply to you.
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