What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Adriamycin if you have:
- Congestive heart failure (CHF), an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), or other heart problems
- A history of low levels of white blood cells in the blood
- Any infection
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Doxorubicin and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Doxorubicin and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Adriamycin Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
What If I Take an Overdose?People who take too much Adriamycin may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Mouth sores or other sores in the digestive tract
- Low levels of white blood cells
- Low levels of platelets in the blood
- Congestive heart failure (CHF).
It is unlikely for a person to overdose on the drug, however, as it is given by a healthcare provider.