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Daunorubicin Citrate Liposomal

Pronunciation: DAW-no-RUE-bih-sin SIH-trate LIP-oh-sohm-ul
Class: Anthracycline

Trade Names

- Solution for injection 2 mg/mL (equivalent to 50 mg daunorubicin base)


Anthracycline antibiotic formulated to increase selectivity for solid tumors in situ.



Vd is approximately 6.4 L. Distribution t ½ approximately 4.41 h.


Metabolized to daunorubicinol (active).


The t ½ is 4.4 h. Plasma Cl approximately 17.3 mL/min.

Indications and Usage

Advanced HIV-associated Kaposi sarcoma.


Standard considerations.

Dosage and Administration

Advanced HIV-Associated Kaposi Sarcoma

IV 40 mg/m 2 /dose (of daunorubicin base) administered over 1 h every 2 wk. The dose of daunorubicin citrate liposomal is different from the dose of daunorubicin hydrochloride.

Dosage Adjustment for Renal or Hepatic Function Impairment

If serum bilirubin is 1.2 to 3 mg/dL, then give 75% of adjusted dose from prior course. If serum bilirubin is more than 3 mg/dL or serum creatinine is more than 3 mg/dL, then give 50% of adjusted dose from prior course.

General Advice

  • For IV infusion only.
  • Follow institutional procedures for handling, administration, and disposal of anticancer drugs.
  • Injection must be diluted prior to administration. Dilute injection concentrate 1:1 with dextrose 5% injection. Resulting solution contains 1 mg daunorubicin/mL.
  • Discard unused portions of vial. Do not save any unused portions for future use.
  • Do not mix with any other IV solution than dextrose 5% nor mix with any other medication.
  • Do not administer if solution is opaque or contains particulate matter. Solution will have a red discoloration and disperse light to some degree.
  • Administer prescribed dose over a 60-min period into free-flowing IV, taking precautions to avoid extravasation. Do not use an in-line filter.


Store vials in refrigerator (36° to 46°F). If not used immediately, store diluted solution in refrigerator for up to 6 h. Do not freeze. Protect from light.

Drug Interactions

Quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin)

Antimicrobial effects may be reduced.

Laboratory Test Interactions

None well documented.

Adverse Reactions


Hot flashes, hypertension, palpitation, syncope, tachycardia (at least 5%).


Fatigue (43%); headache (22%); neuropathy (13%); malaise (9%); dizziness (8%); depression (7%); insomnia (6%); amnesia, anxiety, ataxia, confusion, convulsions, emotional lability, abnormal gait, hallucination, hyperkinesias, hypertonia, meningitis, somnolence, abnormal thinking, tremor (at least 5%).


Alopecia (8%); pruritus (7%); folliculitis, seborrhea, dry skin (at least 5%).


Rhinitis (12%); abnormal vision (3%); conjunctivitis, deafness, earache, eye pain, taste perversion, tinnitus (at least 5%).


Nausea (51%); diarrhea (34%); anorexia (21%); vomiting, abdominal pain (20%); stomatitis (9%); constipation (7%); tenesmus (4%); increased appetite, dysphagia, GI hemorrhage, gastritis, gingival bleeding, hemorrhoids, hepatomegaly, melena, dry mouth, tooth caries (at least 5%).


Dysuria, nocturia, polyuria (at least 5%).


Neutropenia (less than 1,000 cells/mm 3 [36%]); neutropenia (less than 500 cells/mm 3 [15%]); lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly (at least 5%).


Injection site inflammation (at least 5%).


Dehydration, thirst (at least 5%).


Rigors (19%); back pain (16%); arthralgia, myalgia (7%).


Cough (26%); dyspnea (23%); sinusitis (8%); hemoptysis, hiccups, pulmonary infiltration, increased sputum (at least 5%).


Fever (42%); opportunistic infection (40%); allergic reactions (21%); triad of back pain, flushing, and chest tightness (14%); increased sweating (12%); edema, chest pain (9%); flu-like symptoms (5%).




Cumulative dose related.

Decreased left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF)

Anthracycline-induced cardiomyopathy is associated with decreased LVEF.

Hepatic impairment

Assess hepatic function before initiating therapy; adjust dose as necessary. Reduce dosage for hepatic function impairment.

Infusion reaction

Back pain, flushing, and chest tightness can occur. Usually occurs within first 5 min of infusion and subsides with infusion interruption. Does not usually recur if infusion is restarted at a slower rate. Appears to be related to lipid component.


The primary toxicity of daunorubicin is myelosuppression, especially of the granulocytic series, which may be severe, with much less marked effects on the platelets and erythroid series.


Ensure CBC with differential is evaluated prior to starting therapy and before each dose. Withhold therapy if absolute neutrophil count is less than 750 cells/mm 3 . Monitor patient for signs or symptoms of infection.


Category D .


HIV-infected mothers should not breast-feed infants.


Safety and efficacy not established.

Renal Function

Assess renal function before initiating therapy; adjust dose as necessary. Reduce dosage for renal function impairment.

Cardiac function

Ensure cardiac function is evaluated and documented by a history and physical examination before starting therapy and before each course of therapy. Ensure that LVEF is determined at a total cumulative dose of 320 mg/m 2 and every 160 mg/m 2 thereafter in patient with no prior therapy with anthracyclines, no evidence of cardiac disease, and no prior radiotherapy encompassing the heart. Ensure that LVEF is determined before starting therapy and at every total cumulative dose of 160 mg/m 2 in patient with prior therapy with anthracyclines (doxorubicin dose greater than 300 mg/m 2 or equivalent), preexisting cardiac disease, or prior radiotherapy encompassing the heart.

Daunorubicin dose

The dose of daunorubicin citrate liposomal is different from the dose of daunorubicin hydrochloride.

Extravasation risk

Local irritation or phlebitis may occur. Refer to your institution-specific protocol.



Symptoms of acute overdosage are increased severities of the observed dose-limiting toxicities of therapeutic doses, myelosuppression (especially granulocytopenia), fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.

Patient Information

  • Advise patient, family, or caregiver that medication will be prepared and administered by health care provider in a health care setting.
  • Review dosing schedule with patient, family, or caregiver.
  • Advise patient, family, or caregiver that medication may cause a red coloration of the urine. Advise that this is not a problem and is expected because the medication is being eliminated in the urine.
  • Advise patient, family, or caregiver to immediately report any of the following to health care provider: rash; hives; difficulty breathing; chest pain; fever, chills, or other signs of infection; unusual bleeding or bruising; pain, redness, or swelling at injection site.
  • Advise patient, family, or caregiver to report any of the following to health care provider: persistent nausea, vomiting or appetite loss; persistent or worsening general body weakness.
  • Advise patient, family, or caregiver that hair loss is a common side effect of therapy, but that this is usually reversible after therapy has been completed.
  • Caution women of childbearing potential to avoid becoming pregnant during therapy.

Further information

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