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Common Adriamycin Side Effects


The most commonly reported Adriamycin side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Febrile Neutropenia (45)
Neutropenia (32)
Nausea (31)
Sepsis (23)
Diarrhoea (22)
Pyrexia (21)
Vomiting (20)
Pneumonia (19)
Dyspnoea (16)
Cardiomyopathy (16)
Dehydration (15)
Pancytopenia (14)
Anaemia (12)
Cardiac Failure Congestive (12)
White Blood Cell Count Decreased (12)
Cardiac Failure (11)
Abdominal Pain (11)
Renal Failure Acute (11)
Pain (11)
Mucosal Inflammation (10)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Adriamycin Side Effects Reported to FDA



Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9949569
Peripheral Embolism, Poor Peripheral Circulation, Full Blood Count Decreased, Pain In Extremity
This is a report of a 54-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: breast cancer female, who was treated with Adriamycin (dosage: Unk, start time:
Feb 04, 2014), combined with:
  • Cytoxan (Unk)
  • Proair Hfa (Unk)
  • Ondansetron (Unk)
  • Docusate (Unk)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Peripheral Embolism, Poor Peripheral Circulation, Full Blood Count Decreased, Pain In Extremity after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Adriamycin treatment in female patients, resulting in Peripheral Embolism side effect.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9827234
Herpes Simplex Encephalitis, Cerebral Atrophy, Brain Injury, Memory Impairment, Confusional State, Aphasia
This report suggests a potential Adriamycin Herpes Simplex Encephalitis side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 61-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from DK was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: b-cell lymphoma and used Adriamycin (dosage: NA) starting 2012. After starting Adriamycin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Herpes Simplex Encephalitis, Cerebral Atrophy, Brain Injury, Memory Impairment, Confusional State, AphasiaAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Mabthera
  • Sendoxan
  • Oncovin
  • Prednisolon
Although Adriamycin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Herpes Simplex Encephalitis, may still occur.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9818905
Tooth Loss
This Tooth Loss problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 58-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: neoplasm malignant. On 200506 this consumer started treatment with Adriamycin (dosage: 600 Mg/ml). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Adriamycin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Tooth LossAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Tooth Loss, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9720175
Neutropenic Infection
This Neutropenic Infection side effect was reported by a physician from DE. A 57-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: malignant lymphoid neoplasm.The patient was prescribed Adriamycin (drug dosage: Unk), which was initiated on 201209. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Vincristine Sulfate (2 Mg, 1x/day (last Dose Prior To Sae: 02/nov/2012))
  • Cyclophosphamide (1162 Mg, 1x/day (last Dose Prior To Sae: 02/nov/2012))
  • Prednisone (100 Mg, 1x/day (last Dose Prior To Sae: 06/nov/2012))
  • Etoposide (155 Mg, 1x/day (last Dose Prior To Sae: 04/nov/2012))
  • Rituximab (563 Mg, 1x/day (last Dose Prior To Sae: 02/nov/2012))
  • Cotrimazol (550 Mg, Unk)
  • Aciclovir (1600 Mg, Unk)
  • Allopurinol (300 Mg, Unk)
.After starting to take Adriamycin the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Neutropenic InfectionThese side effects may potentially be related to Adriamycin. The patient was hospitalized.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9709023
Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, Sepsis
This is a report of a 28-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from AU, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: breast cancer, who was treated with Adriamycin (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Paclitaxel
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, Sepsis after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Adriamycin treatment in female patients, resulting in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia side effect.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9597015
Renal Failure
This report suggests a potential Adriamycin Renal Failure side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 77-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from FR was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Adriamycin (dosage: 50 Mg/m2, Daily) starting
Feb 15, 2011. After starting Adriamycin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Renal FailureAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Streptozocin (500 Mg/m2, Daily)
Although Adriamycin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Renal Failure, may still occur.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9572182
Bone Marrow Failure, Liver Disorder, White Blood Cell Count Decreased
This Bone Marrow Failure problem was reported by a health professional from CN. A 11-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Feb 13, 2012 this consumer started treatment with Adriamycin (dosage: Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Holoxan (2 G, 1x/day)
  • Holoxan (Unk)
  • Cisplatin (Unk)
When using Adriamycin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Bone Marrow Failure, Liver Disorder, White Blood Cell Count DecreasedThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Bone Marrow Failure, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9571240
Cardiac Failure
This Cardiac Failure side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 65-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: breast cancer.The patient was prescribed Adriamycin (drug dosage: 4 Months), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Adriamycin the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Cardiac FailureThese side effects may potentially be related to Adriamycin. The patient was hospitalized and became disabled.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9559784
Bone Marrow Failure, Hepatocellular Injury
This is a report of a 14-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from CN, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: bone sarcoma, who was treated with Adriamycin (dosage: Unk, start time:
Feb 10, 2012), combined with:
  • Holoxan (4 G, 1x/day)
  • Cisplatin (Unk)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Bone Marrow Failure, Hepatocellular Injury after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Adriamycin treatment in female patients, resulting in Bone Marrow Failure side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9556898
Bone Marrow Failure, Hepatocellular Injury
This report suggests a potential Adriamycin Bone Marrow Failure side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 17-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from CN was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Adriamycin (dosage: 40 Mg, 1x/day) starting
Jan 09, 2012. After starting Adriamycin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Bone Marrow Failure, Hepatocellular InjuryAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA.The patient was hospitalized. Although Adriamycin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Bone Marrow Failure, may still occur.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9553467
Febrile Neutropenia
This Febrile Neutropenia problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 64-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: plasma cell myeloma. On
Jul 06, 2012 this consumer started treatment with Adriamycin (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Cycoophosphamide
  • Dexamethasone
When using Adriamycin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Febrile NeutropeniaThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Febrile Neutropenia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9553458
Bacteraemia
This Bacteraemia side effect was reported by a health professional from US. A 40-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: hodgkin^s disease.The patient was prescribed Adriamycin (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Apr 05, 2012. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Vinblastine Sulfate
.After starting to take Adriamycin the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: BacteraemiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Adriamycin. The patient was hospitalized.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9490530
Hepatitis B
This is a report of a 46-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: non-hodgkin^s lymphoma, who was treated with Adriamycin (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Hepatitis B after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Adriamycin treatment in female patients, resulting in Hepatitis B side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9476443
Anaphylactic Shock
This report suggests a potential Adriamycin Anaphylactic Shock side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 50-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from CN was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: breast cancer and used Adriamycin (dosage: 70 Mg, Day 1) starting
Jun 25, 2001. After starting Adriamycin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Anaphylactic ShockAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Cyclophosphamide (1100 Mg, Day 1)
  • Fluorouracil (1125 Mg, Into 5% Glucose)
  • Granisetron (3 Mg + 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection 20 Ml)
Although Adriamycin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Anaphylactic Shock, may still occur.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9476442
Anaphylactic Shock
This Anaphylactic Shock problem was reported by a physician from CN. A 58-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: adenosquamous cell lung cancer. On NS this consumer started treatment with Adriamycin (dosage: 60 Mg, Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Adriamycin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Anaphylactic ShockAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Anaphylactic Shock, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9450560
Osteonecrosis
This Osteonecrosis side effect was reported by a health professional from AU. A 11-year-old patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: hodgkin^s disease.The patient was prescribed Adriamycin (drug dosage: 6 Cycles), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Cyclophosphamide (6 Cycles)
  • Etoposide (6 Cycles)
  • Vincristine Sulfate (6 Cycles)
  • Bleomycin (6 Cycles)
  • Prednisolone (6 Cycles, 3,360 Mg/m2 Cumulative)
  • Procarbazine (6 Cycles)
.After starting to take Adriamycin the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: OsteonecrosisThese side effects may potentially be related to Adriamycin.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9435488
Oligohydramnios, Abortion, Exposure During Pregnancy
This is a report of a 27-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Adriamycin (doxorubicin) Inj. Usp 10mg/5ml - Bedford Labs, Inc. (dosage: Days 1-3, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Etoposide (Day)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Oligohydramnios, Abortion, Exposure During Pregnancy after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Adriamycin (doxorubicin) Inj. Usp 10mg/5ml - Bedford Labs, Inc. treatment in female patients, resulting in Oligohydramnios side effect.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9425051
Diabetes Mellitus
This report suggests a potential Adriamycin Diabetes Mellitus side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 58-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from CN was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: plasma cell myeloma and used Adriamycin (dosage: Regimen 6 Times) starting NS. After starting Adriamycin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Diabetes MellitusAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate (Regimen 6 Times)
  • Vincristine (Regimen 6 Times)
  • Cyclophosphamide (Once)
  • Chlorambucil (Once)
  • Prednisone (Once)
  • Carmustine (Once)
Although Adriamycin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Diabetes Mellitus, may still occur.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9407941
Klebsiella Bacteraemia, Soft Tissue Infection, Neutropenia, Anaemia
This Klebsiella Bacteraemia problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 69-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: plasma cell myeloma. On
Aug 30, 2011 this consumer started treatment with Adriamycin (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Adriamycin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Klebsiella Bacteraemia, Soft Tissue Infection, Neutropenia, AnaemiaThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Klebsiella Bacteraemia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9384249
Pancytopenia, Mucosal Inflammation, Dysphagia, Febrile Neutropenia
This Pancytopenia side effect was reported by a pharmacist from US. A 51-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: breast cancer.The patient was prescribed Adriamycin (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Neulasta
  • Alprazolam
  • Bupropion
  • Calcium W/d
  • Fenofibrate
  • Flucticasone
  • Metoprolol
.After starting to take Adriamycin the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Pancytopenia, Mucosal Inflammation, Dysphagia, Febrile NeutropeniaThese side effects may potentially be related to Adriamycin. The patient was hospitalized.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9364471
Interstitial Lung Disease, Intestinal Haemorrhage, Neutropenia
This is a report of a 69-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from KR, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Adriamycin (dosage: 50 Mg/m2, On Day 1, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Etoposide (100 Mg/m2, On Day 1)
  • Vincristine Sulfate (1.4 Mg/m2, On Day 1)
  • Cyclophosphamide (750 Mg/m2, On Day 1)
  • Prednisolone (60 Mg/m2, On Day 1-5)
  • G-csf
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Interstitial Lung Disease, Intestinal Haemorrhage, Neutropenia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Adriamycin treatment in male patients, resulting in Interstitial Lung Disease side effect.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9332762
Cardiac Failure Congestive
This report suggests a potential Adriamycin Cardiac Failure Congestive side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 47-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Adriamycin (dosage: Unk) starting 201207. After starting Adriamycin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Cardiac Failure CongestiveAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Revlimid (25 Mg, 1x/day)
The patient was hospitalized. Although Adriamycin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Cardiac Failure Congestive, may still occur.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9312034
Cardiac Failure, Cardiomyopathy, Hepatic Function Abnormal
This Cardiac Failure problem was reported by a health professional from US. A 49-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Adriamycin (dosage: Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Adriamycin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Cardiac Failure, Cardiomyopathy, Hepatic Function AbnormalAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Cardiac Failure, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9311051
Flank Pain, Transfusion
This Flank Pain side effect was reported by a health professional from US. A 69-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: plasma cell myeloma.The patient was prescribed Adriamycin (doxorubicin) Inj. Usp 10mg/5ml - Bedford Labs, Inc. (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Aug 30, 2011. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Adriamycin (doxorubicin) Inj. Usp 10mg/5ml - Bedford Labs, Inc. the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Flank Pain, TransfusionThese side effects may potentially be related to Adriamycin (doxorubicin) Inj. Usp 10mg/5ml - Bedford Labs, Inc.. The patient was hospitalized.
Adriamycin Side Effect Report#9302996
Guillain-barre Syndrome, Acute Polyneuropathy, Radiculopathy, Gait Disturbance, Asthenia, Epstein-barr Viraemia, Neutropenia
This is a report of a 67-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from FI, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: hodgkin^s disease, who was treated with Adriamycin (dosage: 45-90 Mg, start time:
Dec 14, 2012), combined with:
  • Sendoxan (1360 Mg, Unk)
  • Bleomycin Baxter (18 Mg, Unk)
  • Velbe (11 Mg, Unk)
  • Dacatic (680 Mg, Unk)
  • Oncovin (2 Mg, Unk)
  • Prednison (100 Mg, Unk)
  • Somac (20 Mg, Unk)
  • Bisoprolol Actavis (5 Mg, Unk)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Guillain-barre Syndrome, Acute Polyneuropathy, Radiculopathy, Gait Disturbance, Asthenia, Epstein-barr Viraemia, Neutropenia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Adriamycin treatment in female patients, resulting in Guillain-barre Syndrome side effect. The patient was hospitalized.


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The appearance of Adriamycin on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

What are common Adriamycin Side Effects for Women?

Women Side EffectsReports
Febrile Neutropenia 36
Diarrhoea 22
Nausea 22
Neutropenia 19
Sepsis 19
Vomiting 16
Cardiomyopathy 14
Dyspnoea 14
Dehydration 13
Pancytopenia 13

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