Carboplatin Injection: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Composition & More - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT CARBOPLATIN
CARBOPLATIN is an anti-cancer chemotherapy drug. CARBOPLATIN is used in some types of lung and ovarian cancer treatment.
• Stomach pain
• shortness of breath
• Decreased red blood cell count
It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR CARBOPLATIN
• CARBOPLATIN must be given intravenously. And few initial cycles of CARBOPLATIN should be strictly given under doctors supervision only.
• Your doctor will advise you to get laboratory tests done before and during the treatment for evaluating your health conditions.
• CARBOPLATIN is usually not recommended for children under 18 years of age.
• You are recommended to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
• You may experience severe nausea and vomiting during or after the treatment. Take medicines as advised by your doctor.
• Women and men are recommended to use effective contraception during and for up to four months after the treatment to prevent pregnancy as CARBOPLATIN may be harmful to the unborn baby.
• Before driving or performing any strenuous activity after taking CARBOPLATIN make sure you are alert and normal enough to take up the above activities as this medicine may cause nausea, vomiting, vision and hearing problems.
• Inform your doctor if you have used cisplatin or any other similar anti-cancer drugs.
• Consult your doctor immediately if you experience hearing problems or tinnitus (sensation of ringing in your ears) while you are on CARBOPLATIN.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How does CARBOPLATIN work? A. CARBOPLATIN belongs to a class of anti-cancer drugs. CARBOPLATIN works by lowering or arresting the cell growth by interfering with genetic material (DNA & RNA). Inhibition of genetic material leads to cell death. DNA & RNA are important for cell division and survival.
Q. Can CARBOPLATIN and vancomycin (antibiotic) be taken at same time? A. No, CARBOPLATIN and vancomycin are not recommended at same time because combination of both may increase the risk of hearing or kidney problems.
Q. Does CARBOPLATIN cause peripheral neuropathy? A. Yes, CARBOPLATIN causes peripheral neuropathy by affecting the nerves. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are tingling and/or numbness in the toes, fingers, in the throat or around the mouth and cramps may sometimes occur with the mentioned symptoms. Usually, after stopping the treatment with CARBOPLATIN these symptoms will disappear but if the symptoms persist, consult your doctor immediately.
Q. Can I take CARBOPLATIN with clozapine (antipsychotic drug)? A. No, you are recommended not to take CARBOPLATIN with clozapine because combination of both medicines may affect blood cells and increase the risk of side effects. Check with your doctor before taking any medicines.
Q. Does CARBOPLATIN cause hair loss? A. Yes, CARBOPLATIN causes hair loss. CARBOPLATIN kills the cells that are rapidly dividing, but chemotherapy drugs affect normal cells also as it does not have the ability of differentiating healthy and cancerous cells. CARBOPLATIN affect hair follicles leading to hair loss.
Q. Does CARBOPLATIN cause infertility in men? A. Yes, CARBOPLATIN may damage testicles in males and affect their ability to produce sperms. So, it is advised to store eggs or sperms before starting the treatment.
Q. Can I take vaccination while using CARBOPLATIN? A. No, you are advised not to have vaccinations/immunizations unless your doctor tells you to take. This is because CARBOPLATIN supress bodys immune system and prevents antibodies (kills foreign organisms) production which cause vaccines not to work.
Q. Can CARBOPLATIN cause infections? A. Yes, CARBOPLATIN may cause infections. CARBOPLATIN can decrease the white blood cells count and cause infections. White blood cells are involved in protecting the body against foreign organisms causing infections.