Carboplatin injection is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat cancer of the ovaries (cancer that begins in the female reproductive organs where eggs are formed) that has spread to other parts of the body, not improved, or that has worsened after treatment with other medications or radiation therapy. Carboplatin is in a class of medications known as platinum-containing compounds. It works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells.
Side Effects Of Carboplatin Injection
Carboplatin injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- sores in the mouth and throat
- pain, burning or tingling in the hands or feet
- pain, itching, redness, swelling, blisters, or sores in the place where the medication was injected
- hair loss
- loss in ability to taste food
Some side effects of carboplatin injection can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms or those listed in the WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:
- pale skin
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- sudden changes in vision, including color vision
- decreased urination
- swelling of the face, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- shortness of breath with everyday activity or when lying flat
- ringing in ears and difficulty hearing
- Carboplatin may increase the risk of developing other types of cancers. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking this medication.
Carboplatin injection may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Warnings & Precautions
Before receiving carboplatin injection:
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to carboplatin, cisplatin (Platinol), any other medications, or any of the ingredients in carboplatin injection. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: aminoglycoside antibiotics such as amikacin (Amikin), gentamicin (Garamycin), or tobramycin (Tobi, Nebcin). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects. Many other medications may also interact with cisplatin, so be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, even those that do not appear on this list.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease or if you have bleeding problems.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You should not become pregnant or breast-feed while you are receiving carboplatin injection. If you become pregnant while receiving carboplatin injection, call your doctor. Carboplatin may harm the fetus.
Dosage Of Carboplatin Injection
Carboplatin injection comes as a solution (liquid) to be injected over at least 15 minutes intravenously (into a vein) by a doctor or nurse in a medical facility. It is usually given once every 4 weeks.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.