Carboplatin review

Carboplatin is a drug used in treating several types of cancers such as lung cancer, ovarian carcinoma, breast cancer, cervical cancer, neck cancer, head cancer and many other types of cancer. Carboplatin was introduced during 1980 and has become the most favored treatment for medical practitioners because of fewer side effects compared to its predecessors.

Carboplatin is a chemotherapy drug that is in a form of colorless fluid and is administered to patients who have cancers. This alkylating agent classified drug is distributed under the brand name Paraplatin.

Carboplatin is a drug that is only administered in a hospital setting. It is administered through infusion that usually takes an hour to finish. Since this is a chemotherapy drug, it is usually given to a patient for several months or as required. The dosage and length of treatment depends on the stage and type of cancer of the patient. Most cancer patients are given other chemotherapy drugs aside from Carboplatin in order to complete the regimen. The doctor determines the dosage based on the patient’s condition.

Each individual may have different reactions as a result of undergoing chemotherapy. Some patients may not experience any side effects while others may experience less or more side effects when using Carboplatin.

This drug may decrease the resistance level of the body to fight infections making the body prone to several infections. This side effect may occur after seven days of treatment with Carboplatin.

Carboplatin may also cause nose bleeding or skin bruising because this drug reduces the production of platelets. It may also cause Anemic which makes you feel very tired and breathless without any activity.

Patients may also experience other side effects such as nausea, loss of appetite, ulcer, change in hearing, numbness of hands and feet. A severe but rare side effect may cause loss of hair. This is especially the case for patients taking higher doses of Carboplatin.

Any occurrences of the side effects should be immediately informed to your doctor for appropriate actions.

Before deciding to undergo chemotherapy treatment, you must ensure that you inform your doctor if you have other existing medical disorder. Inform your doctor if you are taking other prescribed or non prescribed drugs, herbal medicines, vitamins and other substances before treatment with Carboplatin. This is very important because some drugs may interact with Carboplatin and may cause severe risk to your health.

It is also important to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breast feeding or planning to be pregnant because Carboplatin may harm the baby. In this case, it is highly recommended for both men and women to use the best birth control method before undergoing medication.

Also avoid having any kind of vaccination while under treatment with Carboplatin. If the need arises, you must first consult your doctor.

Carboplatin may have an effect to the fertility of both men and women so it is best to discuss it to your doctor before deciding to start with the treatment.

While under medication, it is best to refrain from any activities that may cause injuries. Avoid too much exposure to the sun or use some protection when going outdoors.

Carboplatin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of carboplatin

• Molecular formula of carboplatin is C6H12N2O4Pt2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is azanide; cyclobutane-1,1-dicarboxylic acid; platinum
• Molecular weight is 371.249 g/mol
Carboplatin available : 1% solution

Brand name(s): Paraplatin

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