Drug Name: Cisplatin
Drug Class: It is a chemotherapy drug
Available under the brand name: Platinol
What Is It Prescribed For?
- Ovarian cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Cervical cancer
How Is It Given?
It is given as an infusion into a vein over 6 to 8 hours, once every 3 to 4 weeks.
What Are Common Side Effects?
You may face some of these side effects:
- Infusion-related reactions like skin rashes, redness, itching, difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of face, fast heartbeat, and dizziness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Numbness and tingling of hands or feet
- Hair loss
- Low blood cell count
- Hearing problems
Your doctor can prescribe medication to control these side effects. Cisplatin may also cause other side effects. If you face any unusual or serious problems, inform your doctor immediately.
Who Should Avoid Taking This Drug?
It should be avoided in patients with severe hypersensitivity to Cisplatin.
How Much Does This Drug Cost?
Available in 10mg, 20mg, and 50mg vials. Depending on the brand, the cost of Cisplatin 50mg can range between INR 250 – INR 550 per vial.