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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving 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.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests:
It is not known whether carboplatin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while being treated with carboplatin.
How is carboplatin given (Paraplatin)?
Carboplatin is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.
Carboplatin is usually given once every 4 weeks. Follow your doctor's instructions.
You may be given other medications to prevent nausea or vomiting while you are receiving carboplatin.
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. Your kidney and liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
You may need to receive blood transfusions while you are being treated with carboplatin.
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