Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Eloxatin
Generic Name: oxaliplatin (Pronunciation: ox AL i PLA tin)
What is oxaliplatin (Eloxatin)?
Oxaliplatin is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
Oxaliplatin is used together with other cancer medications to treat colon and rectal cancer.
Oxaliplatin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Eloxatin 200 mg
What are the possible side effects of oxaliplatin (Eloxatin)?
Some people receiving a oxaliplatin injection have had a reaction to the infusion within minutes after the medicine is injected into the vein. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, short of breath, confused, sweaty, itchy, or have diarrhea, chest pain, warmth or redness in your face, or feel like you might pass out.
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:
Other common 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 oxaliplatin (Eloxatin)?
Before receiving oxaliplatin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure, a nerve problem, asthma, or if you are using a blood thinner.
Receiving oxaliplatin can make you more sensitive to cold, which can cause numbness, tingling, and muscle spasms. This includes exposure to cold temperature and coming into contact with cold objects. To prevent discomfort avoid breathing in cold air, cover your skin in cold weather, wear gloves when handling cold objects, avoid air conditioning, and do not use ice or drink cold beverages.
Oxaliplatin can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. Your blood may need to be tested often. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding injury. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as confusion, change in mental status, vision loss, numbness or tingling, burning pain, jaw or chest tightness, eye pain, problems with speech or swallowing, trouble breathing, chest discomfort, cough, pain or burning when you urinate, rapid weight loss, flu symptoms, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, mouth and throat ulcers, rapid and shallow breathing, easy bruising or bleeding, pale skin, feeling light-headed, rapid heart rate, feeling very thirsty or hot, or being unable to urinate.
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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