Carboplatin is an
intravenous (IV) medicine usually given in a dose
based on body surface area. The type and extent of a cancer determines the
exact dose and schedule of administering this drug.
Carboplatin is an alkylating agent that slows or stops the growth
of the cancer cells. Carboplatin is used to treat
ovarian cancer. It may also be used to treat bladder,
lung, esophageal, testicular, or
Carboplatin is an effective antitumor medicine. But the type and
extent of a cancer determines how effectively this medicine slows or stops the
growth of cancer cells in the body.
Most side effects of chemotherapy, including hair loss, go away
after you finish treatment. Side effects of carboplatin include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference
is not available in all systems.)
Carboplatin should be administered only under the supervision of a
Your doctor can prescribe
medicines to help you manage any nausea or vomiting
caused by chemotherapy.
Men and women may not be able to have children after taking
carboplatin. Discuss fertility with your doctor before starting treatment.
Carboplatin can cause birth defects. Do not use this medicine if
you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant or wish to father a child while you
are taking it.
Do not use this medicine if you have:
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
July 6, 2011
Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine & Ross Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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