Platinol / Cisplatin: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:44 by admin
Platinol, also known as Cisplatin, is indicated for the treatment of metastic testicular tumors, ovarian tumors, bladder cancer and cancers of the lungs, head and neck. Belonging to a group of medicines known as alkylating agents, Platinol interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed. The drug is administered intravenously and is made by the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Platinol in 1978.

Side effects of Platinol use include, but may not be limited to, nausea and vomiting, fever, numbness in the hands or feet, swelling of the face, lips, feet or ankles, respiratory problems and diarrhea or constipation.

A black box warning on the package insert indicates that Platinol should only be administered under the supervision of a physician experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents. Renal toxicity has been associated with Platinol use. Ototoxicity, which affects organs or nerves involved in hearing and balance, may be significant. Tachycardia and hypotension may occur within minutes of Platinol administration.

If you have experienced an adverse reaction after taking Platinol, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Cancer Drugs: Overview
  2. Balance Problems: Overview
  3. Diarrhea: Overview
  4. Hearing Loss
  5. Kidney & Urinary Tract Disorders
  6. Low Blood Pressure (hypotension): Overview
  7. Lung & Airway Disorders
  8. Nausea: Overview
  9. Tachycardia / Fast Heartbeat: Overview
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