Adriamycin (Doxurubicin)

Side Effects


Treatment with Adriamycin/Doxurubicin creates a high frequency of serious adverse events. The frequency and severity of adverse events is influenced by dose, infusion rate and dosing interval. Bonemarrow suppression is the acute dose-limiting side effect, but mostly of a transient nature.


Common (> 10%)



  • Bone marrow suppression

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Mucositis

  • Hair loss

  • Local reaction at infusion site


Less common (1-10%)
Heart problems (usually seen only after very prolonged treatment)


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