Cisplatin review

Cisplatin is prescribed as a chemotherapy drug for the treatment of various cancers.

Cisplatin is used to treat patients suffering from cancers such as sarcomas, carcinomas, germ cell tumors and lymphomas. Cisplatin is being distributed in the United States with the brand names Platinol and Platinol-AQ

The dosage and the length of treatment with Cisplatin depend on the type of cancer and the response of the patient to the chemotherapy. This drug is administered through infusion through a fine tube inserted through the vein at the back of the hand or near the collarbone. The infusion process can last eight hours or more and is only done in a hospital.

Each person may experience different reactions when undergoing chemotherapy. Some may experience minor side effects while others may experience serious side effects.

One of the most common side effects is nausea or you feel sick. This usually occurs a few hours after the drug has been administered. In this case, your doctor will prescribe anti-sickness medicines to reduce the side effect.

There are instances that the drug affects the kidney and may even cause permanent damage if not immediately attended by a doctor. Your doctor may conduct blood test before every treatment to determine if it is safe to continue with the medication. You will be given fluid through your veins to ensure that your kidneys are functioning very well.

Some may also feel numbness on the hands or feet but will eventually disappear a few months after treatment. The drug may also affect your hearing as well as your taste sensation.

Cisplatin reduces the immune system which makes the body prone to several infections. This is because the drug decreases the production capability of the bone marrow in producing white blood cells. It can also cause Anaemia making you get easily tired and weak.

If you experience or notice something unusual while under medication, it is important to inform your doctor immediately.

Before undergoing medication or chemotherapy sessions, inform your doctor all the drugs you are using. This includes prescribed and non-prescribed drugs. This is to help your doctor determine if you are using drugs that might interact with Cisplatin that may cause complications or harm your health.

Another thing to consider before medication with Cisplatin is your fertility. This drug affects the fertility of men and women. Discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks involved in using this drug.

While under medication, it is advised to avoid getting pregnant or fathering a child because this may cause harm to the baby. If possible use an effective birth control while undergoing treatment. Discuss with your doctor the best method to use.

Make sure to follow the schedules of the chemotherapy as well as the laboratory tests and medical exams required. This is to allow your doctor to evaluate the progress of your treatment as well as to immediately identify any problems that may occur. This will also help your doctor determine if there are any necessary adjustments with your present dosage.

Cisplatin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of cisplatin

• Molecular formula of cisplatin is Cl2H4N2Pt
• Molecular weight is 298.029 g/mol
Cisplatin available : 50ml injection, 100ml injection and 200ml injection

Brand name(s): Abiplatin, Biocisplatinum, Briplatin, Carboquone, Cismaplat, Cisplatine, Cisplatyl, Citoplationo, Lederplatin, Neoplatin, Plastin, Platamine, Platiblastin, Platidiam, Platinex, Platinol, Platinoxan, Randa

  Your Cisplatin review