cisplatin-powder for injection (cont.)
HOW TO USE: This is a potent medication. Use it exactly as prescribed. Tell your doctor or nurse immediately if you experience pain, burning or redness at the place where injected. If this medication contacts your skin, immediately and completely wash skin with soap and water. Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication. This helps your kidneys to remove the drug from your body and avoid some of the side effects.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are common side effects. Nausea and vomiting can be quite severe. In some cases, drug therapy may be necessary to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting. Not eating before your treatment may help relieve vomiting. Changes in diet such as eating several small meals or limiting activity may help lessen some of these effects. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, painful or difficult urination, blurred vision, dizziness, fainting, trouble walking, easy bruising or bleeding, black, tarry stools, blood in urine or stools, bloody vomit, stomach pain, diarrhea, joint pain, swollen feet or lower legs, sores in mouth or on lips, small red spots on the skin, cough, shortness of breath, lower back or side pain, tiredness or weakness, loss of balance, ringing in ears, hearing trouble, fast heartbeat, swelling of face, wheezing, numbness or tingling in fingers or toes, loss of reflexes, loss of taste, confusion, agitation, change in ability to see colors. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: kidney disease. Tell your doctor if you have: blood disorders, hearing problems, any allergies. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially the effects on the kidney and blood cells. Cisplatin is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this medication. This medication may pass into breast milk. Because cisplatin is a powerful drug, breast-feeding while using this medication should be avoided. Because this medication can affect the production of sperm in men, a reliable form of birth control is recommended while using this medication.
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