Disease Information & Support


The Word:


Generic name Carboplatin
Pronunciation KAR-boh-pla-tin
Brand name(s), other common name(s) Paraplatin®
Drug type  DNA-damaging agent
How the drug is given Intravenously (IV)

Carboplatin is FDA approved to treat people who have certain kinds of cancer, including some blood cancers. Carboplatin may cause temporary loss of hair during treatment. Normal hair growth should return after treatment ends.

Side effects needing medical attention: Black, tarry stools; blood in urine or stools; cough or hoarseness; fever or chills; lower back or side pain accompanied by fever or chills; numbness or tingling in fingers or toes; pain at the site of injection; painful or difficult urination accompanied by fever or chills; pinhead-sized red spots on skin; rash or itching; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual tiredness or weakness; nausea and vomiting; constipation or diarrhea; loss of appetite. Some side effects of carboplatin (especially blood problems or numbness or tingling in fingers or toes) may be more likely to occur in the elderly. 


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last updated on Monday, October 15, 2012