First round chemo

gatorgal778 Member Posts: 2 Member

Hello, I am new here.

I just had my first dose of "the red devil" and honestly felt like I had been overdosed. Vomiting, dizzy/spinning, rapid heart beat.

Did anyone else experience this? Is it normal? 

I felt like I was going to have a heart attack


  • andytapia15
    andytapia15 Member Posts: 1 Member


    Yes sadly I have experienced that each time I started a cycle. Will say it will get worse before it gets better. Just remember to take it day by day and hour by hour. Small picture during the process never the big one!

    IVIKE Member Posts: 1 Member

    Hello, I had the same experience when I had my first round. I got medication for the nausea but the first time I only took it when it started and it was already too late, did not help at all. My heart raced , couldn't sleep and thought I will die right away. The next time I took the medication right after my session was over and the vomiting and spinning was much better. Try some of the sour candy, that helped a little . Also the chemo caused very bad mouth ulcers and I found that a mix of baking soda and water rinse can help against it, and brushing your teeth after each meal. Hope you won't experience those. Be strong, take it step by step, it will be over!

  • RocDocVic
    RocDocVic Member Posts: 43 Member

    What is the "red devil" chemo?

  • CarrieF4
    CarrieF4 Member Posts: 18 Member

    The chemotherapy (“chemo”) drug “The Red Devil” is doxorubicin(Adriamycin). It is an intravenous cancer medicine with a clear, bright red color, which is how it got its nickname.

    It is basically one of the strongest chemo drugs out there. Not fun!

  • gatorgal778
    gatorgal778 Member Posts: 2 Member

    Thanks everyone for the encouragement. Unfortunately after lowering the dose side effects were continuing along with suspected heart damage, currently waiting to see an oncologist