Carboplatin was found in 1972 and is a platinum-based anti-cancer drug. It is used to treat various types of cancer. That includes ovarian cancer, lung cancer, head and neck cancer, and brain cancer.
Carboplatin can be used alone or in combination with other medications. Depending on your medical condition, body size and response to therapy, the doctor will define the dosage. Usually, Carboplatin is given every 4 weeks.
Carboplatin is usually given by infusion. It interferes with the DNA and blocks cell growth and division.
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Common side effects are:
- low blood counts
- nausea and vomiting
- hair loss
- allergic reactions
Drug interactions may affect the efficacy of Carboplatin. Some drugs can increase the risk of serious side effects when taken together with Carboplatin. Share all the information with your doctor.
Some of the well-known drugs that interfere with Carboplatin are:
- antibiotics (e.g., gentamicin, neomycin)
- amphotericin B
- anti-seizure medications (hydantoins such as phenytoin)
- diuretics (furosemide, bumetanide, ethacrynic acid)
If you are a woman, you should avoid becoming pregnant during treatment and for some time afterward. Please consult your doctor for more information. Breastfeeding while receiving Carboplatin is not recommended. The drug might pass into breast milk.
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