Carboplatin uses and information
What is Carboplatin?
Carboplatin is available as 150mg/45ml and 450mg/45ml strength injections.
Carboplatin is a chemotherapy medication for different types of cancer. Carboplatin can be used alone or in combination with other chemotherapy medications depending on clinical response and the type of cancer being treated.
Carboplatin works by interfering with genetic material development in cells, thus preventing the cell from dividing, thus killing it in the process.
Dosage of carboplatin
Carboplatin is dosed based on the medical condition, body weight, and treatment response. The course is given once every four weeks by intravenous infusion over at least 15 minutes by a healthcare professional.
What are the side effects of carboplatin?
Side effects of carboplatin include:
· Stomach pain
· Body ache
· Hair loss
Note that this is not a full list of side effects, thus if you notice any changes, do not hesitate to inform your doctor. It is important to know that this medication may also reduce your body’s ability to fight off infections, thus increasing your risk of secondary infections.
Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use carboplatin?
Carboplatin is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Can carboplatin affect fertility?
Yes, carboplatin may affect the production and quality of sperm, thus, men should use a reliable form of birth control during the treatment course and for some time afterward.