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Doxorubicin hydrochloride (Adriamycin®) is a drug used to treat many different types of cancer, such as:
- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
- AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Stomach cancer (gastric cancer).
This chemotherapy medication is administered intravenously (through an IV) at your healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or an infusion center. Like most other chemotherapy drugs, doxorubicin can cause serious side effects. Commonly reported reactions include hair loss, weight gain, and nausea or vomiting.
Doxorubicin is not suitable for everyone. To make sure this is the right drug for you, your healthcare provider needs to know about any other medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking. If you are a woman, tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
(To learn more about this chemotherapy drug, including dosing guidelines, other safety precautions, and other important information for your healthcare provider, click Doxorubicin.)