DOXIL Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • anemia
  • decreased blood platelets
  • low levels of a type of white blood cell called neutrophils
  • low blood pressure
  • stomatitis, a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • a fever as a result of taking the medication
  • chills
  • a skin rash
  • puffy face from water retention
  • erythrodysesthesia or tingling, pain, redness, and edema in the hands and feet
  • headache
  • trouble breathing
  • generalized weakness
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • constipation
  • hair loss
  • low energy
  • decreased appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • INFREQUENT side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • shingles
  • a herpes simplex infection
  • a fungal infection of skin
  • high amount of calcium in the blood
  • low amount of sodium in the blood
  • dehydration
  • low amount of potassium in the blood
  • complete stoppage of the heart
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • chronic heart failure
  • toxicity to the heart
  • blood clot in a deep vein of the extremities
  • a feeling of throat tightness
  • pneumonia
  • blocked bowels with decreased peristaltic movement
  • blood coming from anus
  • furunculosis or boils on the skin
  • inflammation of the skin with blisters
  • skin rash with sloughing
  • erythema or redness of skin or mucous membrane
  • redness of skin following radiation therapy
  • itching
  • puffy skin
  • high amount of bilirubin in the blood
  • peeling of the skin of the hands
  • peeling of the skin of the feet
  • reactions at the site of the injection
  • a type of bumpy skin rash called a maculopapular rash
  • fast heartbeat
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • a yeast infection of the vagina and vulva
  • depression
  • pink eye
  • dry eye
  • bruising under the skin
  • widening of blood vessels
  • throat irritation
  • a stuffy and runny nose
  • inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses
  • urinary tract infection
  • bloody urine
  • acne
  • dry skin
  • skin discoloration
  • backache
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • taste impairment
  • weight loss
  • nosebleed
  • cough
  • difficulty swallowing
  • RARE side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • acute myeloid leukemia, a type of blood cancer
  • diabetes
  • significantly decreased activity of the bone marrow
  • sudden blindness and pain upon moving the eye
  • a clot in the lung
  • white patches on the tongue or inside the mouth
  • erythema multiforme, a type of allergic skin reaction
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • high blood sugar
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a yellowing of the eyes or skin from buildup of bilirubin called jaundice
  • cancer inside the mouth
  • squamous cell carcinoma of mouth
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • thrush
  • indigestion
  • muscle spasm
  • lichenoid keratosis
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