Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Paraplatin
  2. Paraplatin NovaPlus

Descriptions


Carboplatin belongs to the group of medicines known as alkylating agents. It is used to treat cancer of the ovaries. It may also be used to treat other kinds of cancer, as determined by your doctor.

Carboplatin interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which eventually are destroyed. Since the growth of normal body cells may also be affected by carboplatin, other effects also will occur. Some of these may be serious and must be reported to your doctor. Other effects may not be serious but may cause concern. Some effects may not occur until months or years after the medicine is used.

Before you begin treatment with carboplatin, you and your doctor should talk about the good this medicine will do as well as the risks of using it.

Carboplatin is to be administered only by or under the immediate supervision of your doctor.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, carboplatin is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Cancer of the bladder
  • Cancer of the breast
  • Cancer of the esophagus, including the junction between the esophagus and stomach
  • Cancer of the fallopian tube or lining of the abdomen (spreading from the ovary)
  • Cancers of the head and neck
  • Cancer of the testicles (including seminoma)
  • Cancers of the lymph system
  • Cancer of the lung
  • Cancer of the endometrium (the lining of the uterus)
  • Cancer of unknown origin (primary site)
  • Malignant melanoma (a certain type of skin cancer)
  • Retinoblastoma (a certain type of eye cancer)
  • Tumors in the brain

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Powder for Solution
  • Solution