Doxorubicin belongs to a class of medications called antineoplastics. It stops cells from replicating and dividing by interfering with their nucleic acid function. It kills cells and inhibits the growth of malignant tumours, and is therefore used to treat various types of cancers, such as cancers of the blood, breast and ovaries.
Doxorubicin (liposomal) is a special formulation of Doxorubicin in which the drug is coated with a fatty layer. This allows more medicine to be delivered to tumor tissues rather than healthy tissue and reduces side effects. Doxorubicin (liposomal) may also be used to treat Kaposi’s sarcoma (a cancer of the lymph and blood vessel linings) in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Doxorubicin is injected into a vein via a drip as directed by your doctor. Before you start using Doxorubicin, you may be given other medicines to prevent or lessen the side effects of Doxorubicin. The dosage of Doxorubicin is calculated by your doctor based on your total body surface area. Your doctor will advise you on the dosage and frequency depending on your condition.
Common dosing schedule:
Your doctor will advise you on the dosing schedule depending on your condition.
Some common medications Doxorubicin may interact with:
Doxorubicin may interact with many other medications. Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
In Hong Kong, Doxorubicin is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
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For detailed information about the use of Doxorubicin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.