Precautions

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It is very important that your doctor check you at regular visits while you are receiving this medicine to make sure it is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control while you are receiving this medicine to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant, tell your doctor right away.

Check with your doctor right away if you have chest pain or discomfort, a fast or irregular heartbeat, swelling of the feet and lower legs, or troubled breathing. These could be symptoms of a serious heart problem.

This medicine may cause an infusion reaction, which can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor right away if you have chest tightness, a cough, dizziness, a fast heartbeat, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, swelling in your face or hands, a fever or chills, or lightheadedness or faintness while you are receiving this medicine.

This medicine may cause hand-foot syndrome. Check with your doctor right away if you have tingling or burning, redness, swelling, blistering, or small sores on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet.

Doxorubicin liposome can temporarily lower the number of white blood cells in your blood, increasing the chance of getting an infection. It can also lower the number of platelets, which are necessary for proper blood clotting. If this occurs, there are certain precautions you can take, especially when your blood count is low, to reduce the risk of infection or bleeding:

  • If you can, avoid people with infections. Check with your doctor immediately if you think you are getting an infection or if you get a fever or chills, cough or hoarseness, lower back or side pain, or painful or difficult urination.
  • Check with your doctor immediately if you notice any unusual bleeding or bruising, black, tarry stools, blood in the urine or stools, or pinpoint red spots on your skin.
  • Be careful when using a regular toothbrush, dental floss, or toothpick. Your medical doctor, dentist, or nurse may recommend other ways to clean your teeth and gums. Check with your medical doctor before having any dental work done.
  • Do not touch your eyes or the inside of your nose unless you have just washed your hands and have not touched anything else in the meantime.
  • Be careful not to cut yourself when you are using sharp objects such as a safety razor or fingernail or toenail cutters.
  • Avoid contact sports or other situations where bruising or injury can occur.

If you continue to receive this medicine for a full year, tell your doctor right away if you have any discomfort, pain, sores or ulcers in your mouth. These could be symptoms of oral cancer.

Tell your doctor right away if you notice redness, pain, or swelling at the injection site after you receive this medicine. If doxorubicin liposome accidentally leaks out of the vein where it is injected, it may damage the skin and cause scars.

This medicine may cause your urine color to be red or orange for 1 or 2 days after you receive the injection. This is normal.