Cisplatin (Platinol, CDDP) For the Treatment of Cancer
Cisplatin is chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer.
How It Is Given
It is injected into vein.
Common Side Effects
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Reduced blood counts may occur in 2 to 4 weeks.
- Numbness, tingling, and reduced feeling in fingers and toes.
- May affect magnesium and potassium levels. These levels will be checked through blood tests.
Less Common Side Effects
- Kidney changes may occur, but can be reduced by giving large amounts of fluids and diuretics.
- Hearing changes.
- Very rarely, sweating, difficulty breathing, and rapid heartbeat may occur.
Call Your Health Care Provider If You Develop
- Ringing in your ears or a change in hearing
- Nausea and vomiting not controlled with medicine
- Trouble urinating or blood in your urine
- Trouble breathing, shortness of breath
- Rapid heartbeat
- Always tell your health care provider that you are taking cisplatin. Certain antibiotics (aminoglycosides) can interact with your chemotherapy and should be avoided.
- More lab tests may be needed.
- Drink at least 3 quarts of fluid (about 12 glasses of whatever you prefer including water, soda, tea, coffee, milk, etc.) during the day of the injection and for the next 2 days.
- Empty bladder often and before going to bed.
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Last Updated: 09/16/2011
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