Beat The Heat SAVE 25% NOW
Medicine (MD/DO)
Immunosuppressants & Antineoplastic Agents
Doxorubicin (Adriamycin)

Master Doxorubicin (Adriamycin) with Picmonic for Medicine

With Picmonic, facts become pictures. We've taken what the science shows - image mnemonics work - but we've boosted the effectiveness by building and associating memorable characters, interesting audio stories, and built-in quizzing.

Doxorubicin (Adriamycin)

Recommended Picmonics

picmonic thumbnail
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
picmonic thumbnail
Prednisone (Glucocorticoids)
picmonic thumbnail
Cyclosporine (Sandimmune) Overview
picmonic thumbnail
Cyclosporine (Sandimmune) Side Effects
picmonic thumbnail
Tacrolimus (Prograf) Overview

Doxorubicin (Adriamycin)

Doxorubicin, or adriamycin, is an anthracycline antibiotic used in cancer therapy. It works by intercalating DNA, preventing new cell growth in tumors, but leads to heart damage. This cardiotoxic side effect can be decreased with dexrazoxane administration.
Solid Tumors

Doxorubicin is used to treat solid tumors; meaning it is useful against cancers of the bladder, breast, stomach, ovaries, lungs, thyroids, and soft-tissue sarcomas.

Lymphomas and Leukemias
Lime-foam and Leukemia-Luke

This drug is used most commonly to treat leukemias and Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Free Radical Production
Free Radicals

Doxorubicin increases free radical production in tumor cells, leading to cytotoxicity.

Intercalates DNA
Inner-cleats DNA

This medication inhibits biosynthesis of new cells, as it intercalates DNA. Once helicase has split the DNA to be replicated, doxorubicin intercalates the DNA (gets in between the two DNA strands), preventing the double helix from being resealed. Thus, it stops the process of replication.

Prevents Double Helix from Sealing
Preventing the Double Helix from Closing

After the DNA double helix is split, Doxorubicin intercalates the two strands. This mechanical obstruction prevents the DNA double helix from resealing.

Heart with Toxic-green-glow

Doxorubicin is a cardiotoxic drug, and it can lead to congestive heart failure. Mechanisms for how this dose-dependant toxicity occurs include myocardial apoptosis, downregulation of contractile proteins and oxidative stress on myocardial cells.

Dexrazoxane Decreases Toxicity
Desk-red-socks-fan removing Toxic-green-glow

Dexrazoxane is a cardioprotective agent used to protect the heart from chemotherapeutic drugs, like doxorubicin. It works by chelating iron ions, decreasing the amount of superoxide radicals that can harm the heart.


Take the Doxorubicin (Adriamycin) Quiz

Picmonic's rapid review multiple-choice quiz allows you to assess your knowledge.

It's worth every penny

Our Story Mnemonics Increase Mastery and Retention

Memorize facts with phonetic mnemonics

Unforgettable characters with concise but impactful videos (2-4 min each)

Memorize facts with phonetic mnemonics

Ace Your Medicine (MD/DO) Classes & Exams with Picmonic:

Over 1,910,000 students use Picmonic’s picture mnemonics to improve knowledge, retention, and exam performance.

Choose the #1 Medicine (MD/DO) student study app.

Picmonic for Medicine (MD/DO) covers information that is relevant to your entire Medicine (MD/DO) education. Whether you’re studying for your classes or getting ready to conquer the USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK, COMLEX Level 1, or COMLEX Level 2, we’re here to help.

Works better than traditional Medicine (MD/DO) flashcards.

Research shows that students who use Picmonic see a 331% improvement in memory retention and a 50% improvement in test scores.