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Side Effects to Report

Some side effects with Doxil are potentially serious -- even life-threatening -- and should be reported to your healthcare provider right away. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of congestive heart failure, including difficulty breathing and swelling or water retention
  • An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Blood in the stool
  • Burning or stinging during the IV infusion (this may be a sign that the medication is leaking from your vein, which is dangerous)
  • Signs of an infection, such as fever or chills (see Chemotherapy and Infections)
  • Severe mouth sores (see Mouth and Gum Problems During Chemotherapy)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction or infusion reaction, such as:
    • Unexplained rash, hives, or itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Flushing
    • Shortness of breath
    • Facial swelling
    • Chills
    • Tightness of the chest or throat

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the Doxil side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using this medicine. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to Doxil, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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