Generic Name: oxaliplatin (ox AL i PLA tin)Brand Names: Eloxatin
Oxaliplatin is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.
Oxaliplatin is used together with other cancer medications to treat colon and rectal cancer.
Oxaliplatin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before receiving oxaliplatin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have liver disease, asthma, or a nerve problem.
Receiving oxaliplatin can make you more sensitive to cold. This includes exposure to cold temperature and coming into contact with cold objects. To prevent discomfort avoid breathing in cold air, cover your skin in cold weather, wear gloves when handling cold objects, avoid air conditioning, and do not use ice or drink cold beverages.
Do not eat ice chips to ease mouth sores or nausea because you will be more sensitive to cold. Talk to your doctor about other ways to treat nausea or mouth sores.Call your doctor if you have a serious side effect such as numbness or tingling, problems with speech or swallowing, chest tightness, fever with diarrhea or vomiting, increased thirst, decreased urination, easy bruising or bleeding, weakness, or mouth sores.
Oxaliplatin can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to bleed or get sick. Avoid being around others who are ill. Your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Your kidney and liver function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely receive oxaliplatin:
asthma or other breathing disorder; or
a nerve problem.
Oxaliplatin is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting. The medicine must be given slowly through an IV infusion, and can take up at least 2 hours to complete.
Oxaliplatin is usually given as part of a 2-day treatment every 2 weeks. Follow your doctor's instructions.Receiving oxaliplatin can make you more sensitive to cold. This includes exposure to cold temperature and coming into contact with cold objects. To prevent discomfort, follow these steps:
do not inhale deeply when you are exposed to cold air;
cover your skin, head, and face when you are outside in cold temperatures;
wear gloves when handling cold objects or refrigerated foods;
do not run an air conditioner at very cool temperature in your home or car (even during hot weather);
do not drink cold drinks or use ice cubes in drinks;
do not put ice packs on your body.
Chemotherapy often causes nausea or mouth sores. Do not eat ice chips to ease these discomforts because you will be more sensitive to cold. Talk to your doctor about other ways to treat nausea or mouth sores. You may be given other medications to prevent nausea or vomiting while you are receiving oxaliplatin.
Oxaliplatin can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to bleed from an injury or get sick from being around others who are ill. To be sure your blood cells do not get too low, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Your kidney and liver function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Contact your doctor if you miss an appointment for your oxaliplatin injection.
Overdose symptoms may include easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, severe vomiting or diarrhea, numbness or tingling, flu symptoms, wheezing, trouble breathing, chest pain, slow heart rate, weak or shallow breathing (breathing may stop).
Avoid cold temperatures and cold objects, including ice, cold drinks, and skin exposure to cold temperatures.
Avoid being near people who have colds, the flu, or other contagious illnesses. Contact your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.Oxaliplatin can cause side effects that may impair your vision. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.
numbness or tingly feeling in your hands, feet, throat, and around your mouth;
numbness or burning pain that interferes with daily activities;
increased sensitivity to cold temperatures and cold objects;
jaw or chest tightness, eye pain, strange feeling in your tongue, problems with speech or swallowing;
fever, diarrhea, vomiting, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sudden cough;
increased thirst, dry mouth, urinating less than usual;
easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness; or
white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips.
Less serious side effects may include:
nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite;
decreased taste sensation;
sleep problems (insomnia);
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Before you receive oxaliplatin, tell your doctor if you also take a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).
There may be other drugs that can interact with oxaliplatin. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.