Cisplatin is an anticancer agent which is used in the treatment of various cancers of the bladder, male and female reproductive system. It should be used under the supervision of a qualified physician. Close monitoring of kidney function and blood cell count are necessary while receiving this medication.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Cisplatin

  • Pain at the injection site
  • Lower back pain
  • Fever or chills
  • Joint pain
  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears
  • Swelling of feet and lower legs
  • Loss of taste
  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • Sour mouth

Uses of Cisplatin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Testicular Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Bladder cancer
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Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The peak effect of this medicine can be observed immediately after intravenous injection.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 24 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women.


Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Cisplatin or other platinum-containing compounds.

Impaired kidney function

Not recommended in patients with existing kidney impairment.
Warnings for special population


This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.


This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Impaired kidney function

This medicine may cause severe kidney injury. The risk may increase if taken with aminoglycoside antibiotics. Close monitoring of serum creatinine, urea, and sodium levels is necessary. Do not administer this medicine more than once every 3 to 4 weeks.

Hearing impairment

This medicine may cause the hearing problem which is more common in children. Audiometric testing should be performed before initiating the treatment and also before every dose. Any symptoms of the hearing problem should be reported to the doctor.


This medicine may cause serious skin reactions. Discontinue the treatment if any symptoms of allergy appear and do not restart.

Blood cell count

This medicine may lower the white blood cells and platelets. Close monitoring of blood cell count is necessary. Do not start the treatment if the cell count is low.


The chances of occurring infections are more in patients receiving this medicine. Hold the chemotherapy and start with the broad-spectrum antibiotics if there are any signs and symptoms of fever. Close monitoring of the body temperature and the blood cell count is necessary.

Missed Dose

It is advised not to miss any dose. If you missed any dose, you should contact your doctor immediately.


Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol


Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.


Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine




Live vaccines

Disease interactions


Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine is given in multiple cycles. It is important to receive the every scheduled dose and make a note of next scheduled dose. Close monitoring of blood cells counts and kidney function.

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by stopping the growth of cancer cells by inhibiting the DNA synthesis.
Legal Status







Alkylating agents


Schedule H

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Information on this page was last updated on 16 Nov 2017


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