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cisplatin (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving cisplatin (Platinol (Restricted Access))?

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 or hearing loss.

To make sure you can safely take cisplatin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • liver disease;
  • kidney disease; or
  • if you have ever received cisplatin in the past.

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use cisplatin if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

Cisplatin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not breast feed a baby while receiving this medication.

Serious side effects may be more likely in older adults using cisplatin.

How is cisplatin given (Platinol (Restricted Access))?

Cisplatin is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

You may be given IV fluids for 8 to 12 hours before you receive cisplatin.

Tell your caregivers if you feel any burning, pain, or swelling around the IV needle when cisplatin is injected.

Cisplatin can be harmful if it gets on your skin. If skin contact occurs, wash the area with soap and water or rinse the eyes thoroughly with plain water.

Cisplatin 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.

To make sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor.

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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