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Doxil® (liposomal doxorubicin) is a prescription chemotherapy medication approved to treat the following conditions:
 
This medication is given every three or four weeks, and is administered through an IV infusion (or "IV drip") that lasts about 60 minutes. The most common side effects include nausea, anemia, and low blood platelets. Currently, Doxil is not available in generic form.
 
Because not everyone can take this chemotherapy medication, review the safety information for Doxil with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. For example, tell your healthcare provider if you have:
 
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF), an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), or other heart problems
  • A history of low levels of white blood cells in the blood (known medically as neutropenia)
  • Any infection
  • Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis.
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Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any allergies.
 
(Click Doxil for more information on this chemotherapy medication. This article offers a more detailed description, including discussions on how it works, dosing guidelines, and overdose information.)
 
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