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IMPORTANT WARNING:   Return to top

Cisplatin can cause a decrease in the number of blood cells in your bone marrow. Your doctor will order tests before, during, and after your treatment to see if your blood cells are affected by this drug.

Cisplatin can cause a severe form of kidney impairment and hearing loss. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: loss of balance, ringing in the ears, trouble hearing, painful urination, or red urine. Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to cisplatin.

About your treatment   Return to top

Your doctor has ordered the drug cisplatin to help treat your illness. The drug is given by injection into a vein.

This medication is used to treat:

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Cisplatin is in a class of drugs known as platinum-containing compounds; it slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in your body. The length of treatment depends on the types of drugs you are taking, how well your body responds to them, and the type of cancer you have.

Other uses for this medicine   Return to top

Cisplatin also is used to treat certain types of head and neck cancer, cervical carcinoma, lung cancer, neurologic cancers, and a wide variety of other cancers. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.

Precautions   Return to top

Before taking cisplatin,

Side effects   Return to top

Side effects from cisplatin are common and include:

Tell your doctor if either of these symptoms is severe or lasts for several hours:

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].

Storage conditions   Return to top

In case of emergency/overdose   Return to top

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

Special instructions   Return to top

Brand names   Return to top

  • Platinol®-AQ

Other names   Return to top

  • CDDP

Last Revised - 04/01/2003
Last Reviewed - 08/01/2007

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