Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Paraplatin
Generic Name: carboplatin (Pronunciation: KAR boe PLA tin)
What is carboplatin (Paraplatin)?
Carboplatin is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.
Carboplatin is used together with other cancer medications to treat ovarian cancer.
Carboplatin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of carboplatin (Paraplatin)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about carboplatin (Paraplatin)?
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to carboplatin or similar medications such as oxaliplatin (Eloxatin) or cisplatin (Platinol). You should not receive carboplatin if you have severe bleeding or bone marrow suppression.
Before receiving carboplatin, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, or if you have received carboplatin in the past.
Carboplatin can harm your kidneys, and this effect is increased when you also use certain other medicines harmful to the kidneys. Before you receive carboplatin, tell your doctor about all other medications you use. Many other drugs (including some over-the-counter medicines) can be harmful to the kidneys.
Carboplatin can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to bleed from an injury or get sick from being around others who are ill. Your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
Call your doctor if you have a serious side effect such as pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, mouth sores, hearing or vision problems, numbness or tingling, feeling short of breath, or muscle weakness.
You may need to receive blood transfusions while you are being treated with carboplatin.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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