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Before prescribing a dose of Adriamycin, your healthcare provider will consider several factors, including your height and weight. The medication is often given once a month and is administered intravenously at your healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or an infusion center. For Adriamycin to work properly, you must take it as prescribed.

An Introduction to Dosing With Adriamycin

The dosage of Adriamycin® (doxorubicin hydrochloride) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The type of cancer being treated
  • Your height and weight
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust this amount unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

Adriamycin Dosage for Cancer

Your healthcare provider will base your Adriamycin dose on your body surface area, which is calculated using your height and weight. This amount will vary, depending on the type of cancer and the other chemotherapy medications you are taking. Adriamycin is often given once a month, although it can be given more or less frequently.

General Information on Your Adriamycin Dose

Some considerations to keep in mind when taking Adriamycin include the following:
  • The medication is given intravenously (by IV).
  • Most people receive their Adriamycin injection at their healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or at an "infusion center."
  • For the medicine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Adriamycin will not work as well if you stop taking it before your healthcare provider recommends.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with Adriamycin, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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