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Cisplatin Side Effects

Cisplatin Side Effects

Description

Cisplatin is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.Cisplatin is used together with other medications to treat bladder cancer, testicular cancer, or ovarian cancer.Cisplatin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Before taking this medicine

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to cisplatin or similar medications such as carboplatin (Paraplatin) or oxaliplatin (Eloxatin). You should not receive cisplatin if you have kidney disease, bone marrow suppression, or hearing loss.

To make sure cisplatin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • liver disease; orif you have ever received cisplatin in the past.

Uses

Cisplatin is used to treat various types of cancer. It is a chemotherapy drug that contains platinum. It is used alone or in combination with other medications to slow or stop cancer cell growth.

How to use Cisplatin

This medication is usually given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. The dosage is based on your medical condition, body size, and response to therapy. Courses of cisplatin treatment should not be given more often than once every 3 to 4 weeks. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor if you miss an appointment for your cisplatin injection.

What happens if I overdose?

Since this medication is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur.

Side Effect

Cisplatin is an anti-cancer (antineoplastic) medication used to treat cancers of the testicles, ovaries, or bladder. Cisplatin is available in generic form. Common side effects of Cisplatin include:

  • nausea and vomiting (may be severe),
  • diarrhea,
  • temporary hair loss,
  • loss in ability to taste food,
  • hiccups,
  • dry mouth,
  • dark urine,
  • decreased sweating,
  • dry skin, and
  • other signs of dehydration.

Precaution

Before using cisplatin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to carboplatin; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, decreased bone marrow function/blood cell disorders (e.g., anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia), hearing problems, mineral imbalance (low blood levels of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphate), numbness/tingling of the hands/feet, kidney stones, gout.

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