What is Adriamycin?

Common Brand(s): Adriamycin, Rubex

Doxorubicin is an anthracycline type of chemotherapy that is used to treat several different types of cancer. Doxorubicin works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.


  • osteosarcoma of bone
  • Ewing's sarcoma
  • soft or connective tissue sarcoma
  • Wilms' tumor
  • neuroblastoma
  • metastatic breast carcinoma
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • multiple myeloma
  • acute lymphoid leukemia
  • acute myeloid leukemia
  • malignant neoplasm of liver
  • adenocarcinoma of pancreas
  • thyroid carcinoma
  • malignant neoplasm of lung
  • small cell lung carcinoma
  • carcinoma of breast
  • malignant neoplasm of the ovary
  • endometrial carcinoma
  • carcinoid syndrome
  • locally advanced breast carcinoma
  • follicular lymphoma
  • progressive chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Burkitt's lymphoma
  • invasive bladder cancer
  • metastatic gastric cancer
  • pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor

Usage Instructions

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start receiving doxorubicin and each time you get an infusion. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. The dosage is based on your medical condition, body size, and response to therapy.

If this medication touches your skin, immediately and completely wash the skin with soap and water. If this medication gets in your eye, open the eyelids and flush with plenty of water for 15 minutes. Seek immediate medical attention.

Caregivers should take precautions (e.g., wear gloves) to prevent contact with the patient's urine or other body fluid for at least 5 days after treatment. Consult your pharmacist.

Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, drink plenty of cool fluids during treatment with this medication. This helps move the drug quickly through your body and helps reduce some of the side effects.


Consult the product instructions and your pharmacist for storage details. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.