Carboplatin: Uses & Sides Effects

Carboplatin is used to treat ovarian cancer. Use carboplatin as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely. It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Carboplatin?

If you have an allergy to carboplatin, cisplatin, or any other part of carboplatin.

If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

If you have any of these health problems: Low blood cell count or poor bone marrow function.

If you have bleeding problems.

If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take carboplatin.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Carboplatin?

Tell all of your health care providers that you take carboplatin. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.

Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines. Use of some vaccines with carboplatin may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well.

You may have more chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.

You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.

If you have upset stomach, throwing up, diarrhea, or are not hungry, talk with your doctor. There may be ways to lower these side effects.

If you are 65 or older, use carboplatin with care. You could have more side effects.

This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.

Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking carboplatin.

If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking carboplatin, call your doctor right away.

Side Effects

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.

Signs of bleeding like throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds; coughing up blood; blood in the urine; black, red, or tarry stools; bleeding from the gums; vaginal bleeding that is not normal; bruises without a reason or that get bigger; or any bleeding that is very bad or that you cannot stop.

Signs of electrolyte problems like mood changes, confusion, muscle pain or weakness, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, seizures, not hungry, or very bad upset stomach or throwing up.

Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.

Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.

Feeling very tired or weak.

Pale skin.

Change in hearing.

Hearing loss.

Ringing in ears.

A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.

Loss of eyesight.

This medicine may cause tissue damage if the drug leaks from the vein. Tell your nurse if you have any redness, burning, pain, swelling, blisters, skin sores, or leaking of fluid where the drug is going into your body.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.