When and How to Take DoxilSome general 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 the medication 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.
Dosing InformationThe dose of Doxil 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 dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Doxil Dosage for more information.)