• Carboplatin

    (kar' boe pla tin)

    IMPORTANT WARNING:

    Carboplatin can cause a decrease in the number of blood cells in your bone marrow. Your doctor will order tests before, during, and after your treatment to see if your blood cells are affected by this drug.

    WHY is this medicine prescribed?

    Your doctor has ordered the drug carboplatin to help treat your illness. The drug is given by injection into a vein.
    This medication is used to treat:
    • ovarian carcinoma
    This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
    Carboplatin is in a class of drugs known as platinum-containing compounds; it slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in your body. The length of treatment depends on the types of drugs you are taking, how well your body responds to them, and the type of cancer you have.

    Are there OTHER USES for this medicine?

    Carboplatin also is used to treat certain types of lung cancer, testicular cancer, head and neck cancer, Wilms' tumor, brain tumors, bladder cancer, and retinoblastoma. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.

    What SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS should I follow?

    Before taking carboplatin,
    • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to carboplatin (Paraplatin) or any other platinum-containing compound such as cisplatin (Platinol, CDDP) or any other drugs.
    • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially aspirin; medications that can cause hearing problems such as amikacin (Amikin),gentamicin (Garamycin, Jenamicin, others), kanamycin (Kantrex), neomycin (Mycifradin, Neo-fradin, Neo-Tabs), netilmicin (Netromycin), streptomycin, tobramycin (Nebcin, Tobrex, others), and others; and vitamins.
    • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease and if you have ever taken platinum-containing compounds such as cisplatin (Platinol, CDDP).
    • you should know that carboplatin may interfere with the normal menstrual cycle (period) in women and may stop sperm production in men. However, you should not assume that you cannot get pregnant or that you cannot get someone else pregnant. Women who are pregnant should tell their doctors before they begin taking this drug. You should not plan to have children while receiving chemotherapy or for a while after treatments. (Talk to your doctor for further details.) Use a reliable method of birth control to prevent pregnancy. Carboplatin may harm the fetus.
    • tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. Because of the danger of serious side effects to your baby, you should stop nursing while taking carboplatin.
    • do not have any vaccinations (e.g., measles or flu shots) without talking to your doctor.
    • you should know that combinations of chemotherapy drugs can cause cancer later on. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking carboplatin.

    What SIDE EFFECTS can this medicine cause?

    Side effects from carboplatin are common and include:
    • thinned or brittle hair
    • loss of appetite or weight
    • stomach pain
    • diarrhea
    • constipation
    • nausea and vomiting
    • changes in taste
    • changes in vision
    • numbness or tingling in the fingertips
    Tell your doctor if either of these symptoms is severe or lasts for several hours:
    • mouth blistering
    • fatigue
    If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
    • red urine
    • unusual bruising or bleeding
    • black, tarry stools
    • fever
    • chills
    • dizziness or feeling of faintness
    • pain in your side or back
    • shortness of breath or wheezing
    • swelling of the feet or ankles
    • rash
    • hearing loss
    If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch ] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].

    What should I do in case of OVERDOSE?

    In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

    Brand Names

    • Paraplatin®

    Other Names

    • CBDCA
  • Join WellZones today.

    Make a Change For LifeLearn more

    Wellmont LiveWell is creating a new tradition of wellness in the mountains by providing individuals with tools and encouragement to live healthier lifestyles.

  • HeartSHAPE Spotlight

    HeartSHAPE® Test Learn more

    Fight heart disease early and prevent heart attacks with HeartSHAPE® - a painless, non-invasive test that takes pictures of your heart to scan for early-stage coronary disease.

  • Calories and Energy Needs

    Calorie NeedsLearn more

    How many calories do you need to eat each day to maintain your weight and fuel your physical activity? Enter a few of your stats into this calculator to find out.

  • Ideal Body Weight

    Ideal Body WeightLearn more

    Using body mass index as a reference, this calculator determines your ideal body weight range. All you need to do is enter your height.

  • Body Mass Index

    Body Mass IndexLearn more

    This tool considers your height and weight to assess your weight status.


  • Can we help answer your questions?

    Wellmont Nurse Connection is your resource for valuable health information any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Speak to a Nurse any time, day or night, at (423) 723-6877 or toll-free at 1-877-230-NURSE.