Before starting you on Doxil, your doctor will use your weight and height to calculate your body surface area -- a factor that plays an important role in determining the proper dose of Doxil. You may receive Doxil at a hospital, a healthcare provider's office, or an infusion center. Doxil is given by IV once every three or four weeks.
An Introduction to Dosing With DoxilThe dose of Doxil® (liposomal doxorubicin) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Your height and weight
- How you respond to Doxil (especially whether you develop dangerous side effects)
- Other medications you may be taking (your particular chemo regimen)
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Recommended Doxil Dosage
Your healthcare provider will base your Doxil dose on your body surface area, which is calculated using your height and weight. Your dosage will vary, depending on the type of cancer being treated and any other chemotherapy medications you are taking.
In addition, your dosage may need to be reduced or given less frequently if you develop dangerous or intolerable Doxil side effects. People with liver disease may need a lower-than-normal amount.
General Information on Taking DoxilSome considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Doxil include the following:
- Doxil comes in injectable form. Your healthcare provider will administer it via an IV infusion (also known as an "IV drip") that lasts approximately 60 minutes, once every three or four weeks.
- Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you feel any burning or stinging while receiving the infusion, as this may be a sign that the medication is leaking outside the vein (a situation that can be quite serious).
- Most people receive this medication at their healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or at an "infusion center."
- For Doxil to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Chemotherapy works best when it is taken "on schedule," although often the side effects that occur limit a person's ability to stay on schedule with the full dose.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or Doxil dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.