For the Treatment of Cancer
Cisplatin is chemotherapy for the treatment
How It Is Given
It is infused into vein (IV), often with extra
fluids, over about an hour.
Common Side Effects
▪ Nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite
and taste changes.
▪ Reduced blood counts may occur in 2 to
▪ Numbness, tingling, and reduced feeling
in fingers and toes.
▪ May affect magnesium and potassium
levels. These levels will be checked
through blood tests.
▪ Hair loss
Less Common Side Effects
▪ Kidney changes may occur, but can be
reduced by giving large amounts of
fluids and diuretics.
▪ Hearing loss,ringing in ears
▪ Very rarely, sweating, difficulty
breathing, and rapid heartbeat may
Call Your Health Care Provider If You
▪ Ringing in your ears or a change in
▪ Nausea and vomiting not controlled with
▪ Trouble urinating or blood in your urine
or decreased urine output
▪ Trouble breathing, shortness of breath
▪ Rapid heartbeat
▪ Fever of 100.5 or higher
▪ Diarrhea-4-6 episodes in a 24 hour
period of time
▪ 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) during the day of the injection
and for the next 2 days. Popsicles®,
pudding, Jello®, soup, ice cream, sherbet
all help keep you hydrated.
▪ Empty bladder often and before going to
Reproduced with permission from the 1989-2011 United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc.
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