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DOXORUBICIN (doxorubicin hydrochloride) Adverse Reactions


The following clinically significant adverse reactions are described elsewhere in the labeling.

6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Breast Cancer

The safety data below were collected from 1492 women who received doxorubicin hydrochloride at a dose of 60 mg/m2 and cyclophosphamide at a dose of 600 mg/m2 (AC) every 3 weeks for 4 cycles for the adjuvant treatment of axillary lymph node positive breast cancer. The median number of cycles received was 4. Selected adverse reactions reported in this study are provided in Table 2. No treatment-related deaths were reported in patients on either arm of the study.

Table 2. Selected Adverse Reactions in Patients with Early Breast Cancer Involving Axillary Lymph Nodes
Adverse ReactionsAC*
Conventional CMF
AC = doxorubicin hydrochloride, cyclophosphamide; CMF = cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, fluorouracil
Includes pooled data from patients who received either AC for 4 cycles or AC for 4 cycles followed by CMF for 3 cycles
  Vomiting ≤12 hours3425
  Vomiting >12 hours3712
  Grade 3 (1,000–1,999 /mm3)3.49.4
  Grade 4 (<1000 /mm3)0.30.3
Shock, sepsis21
Systemic infection21
Cardiac dysfunction
  Grade 3 (25,000–49,999 /mm3)00.3
  Grade 4 (<25,000 /mm3)0.10

6.2 Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of Doxorubicin Hydrochloride Injection/for Injection. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Cardiac – Cardiogenic shock

Cutaneous – Skin and nail hyperpigmentation, oncolysis, rash, itching, photosensitivity, urticaria, acral erythema, palmar plantar erythrodysesthesia

Gastrointestinal – Nausea, mucositis, stomatitis, necrotizing colitis, typhlitis, gastric erosions, gastrointestinal tract bleeding, hematochezia, esophagitis, anorexia, abdominal pain, dehydration, diarrhea, hyperpigmentation of the oral mucosa

Hypersensitivity – Anaphylaxis

Laboratory Abnormalities – Increased ALT, increased AST

Neurological – Peripheral sensory and motor neuropathy, seizures, coma

Ocular – Conjunctivitis, keratitis, lacrimation

Vascular – Phlebosclerosis, phlebitis/thrombophlebitis, hot flashes, thromboembolism

Other – Malaise/asthenia, fever, chills, weight gain

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