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WHAT IS OXALIPLATIN?
Oxaliplatin is an anti-cancer ("antineoplastic" or "cytotoxic") chemotherapy drug. Oxaliplatin is classified as an "alkylating agent." Oxaliplatin is classified as an alkylating agent. Alkylating agents are most active in the resting phase of the cell. These drugs are cell-cycle non-specific.
Oxaliplatin is used to treat colon or rectal cancer that has spread (metastasized), it is often given in combination with other anticancer drugs (fluorouracil and leucovorin).
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
severe or ongoing diarrhea or vomiting; confusion, change in mental status, vision problems, seizure (convulsions); pain or burning when you urinate; easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums);
sudden chest pain or discomfort, wheezing, dry cough, feeling short of breath; pain, redness, swelling, or skin changes where the injection was given; dehydration symptoms--feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin;
heart problems--headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats;
liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tiredness, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
muscle problems--unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine;
nerve problems--jaw or chest tightness, eye pain, strange feeling in your tongue, problems with speech or swallowing; or
signs of infection--fever, chills, sore throat, mouth and throat ulcers, pain when swallowing, cough with mucus.
Common side effects may include:
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; numbness or tingling; infections, unusual bleeding; abnormal liver function tests; mouth sores; or feeling tired.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15-30°C (59-86°F). Do not freeze and protect from light (keep in original outer carton).