Liposomal Doxorubicin

Updated 
August 31, 2015

Liposomal doxorubicininfo-icon (Doxil) is a type of anthracyclineinfo-icon chemotherapyinfo-icon. It is the chemotherapy medicineinfo-icon doxorubicin (Adriamycin) covered in a fatty layer called a liposome.

How Doxorubicin Works

Doxorubicininfo-icon damages the DNA inside the cancer cells. The damage stops the cells from dividing, which causes them to die.

In liposomal doxorubicin, the fatty layer surrounding the doxorubicin decreases the risk of the chemotherapyinfo-icon weakening your heart muscle.

How Liposomal Doxorubicin Is Given

Doxorubicininfo-icon is given by veininfo-icon. It is typically given once every 3-4 weeks, though the exact schedule may vary depending on your particular situation.

Side Effects

Different medicines have different side effects. You may not have every side effectinfo-icon related to each medicineinfo-icon.  Side effects of liposomal doxorubicininfo-icon include:

Be sure to tell your doctor about any medicines you are taking, including vitamins, herbal supplements and over-the counter-medicines, to make sure they will not interfere with your chemotherapyinfo-icon treatment.

Liposomal doxorubicin can rarely cause damage to the heart muscle that may lead to congestive heart failure, when the heart muscle weakens and doesn’t pumpinfo-icon blood well. Let your doctor know if you have a history of heart problems.

Talk to your doctor, pharmacistinfo-icon or nurseinfo-icon about all your side effects so that they can help you manage them. You can also go to our section on Side Effects for more information.

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