Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Platinol-AQ


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

Cisplatin interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed. Since the growth of normal body cells may also be affected by cisplatin, other effects will also 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 for months or years after the medicine is used.

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

Cisplatin 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, cisplatin is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Cancer of the outside layer of the adrenal gland
  • Cancer of the breast
  • Cancer of the cervix
  • Cancer of the endometrium
  • Cancer of the fallopian tube or lining of the abdomen (spreading from the ovary)
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Cancer of the stomach
  • Cancer of the lung
  • Neuroblastoma (a certain type of cancer in nerve tissues that occurs in children)
  • Cancer of the prostate
  • Cancers of the head and neck
  • Cancer of the liver
  • Cancer of the thyroid
  • Cancer of the anus
  • Cancer of the vulva
  • Cancer of the bile duct
  • Cancer of the skin, including types that spread to other parts of the body
  • Cancer of unknown primary site
  • Cancer of the lymph system
  • Hepatoblastoma (a certain type of liver cancer that occurs in children)
  • Thymoma (a cancer of the thymus, which is a small organ that lies under the breastbone)
  • Tumors in the ovaries
  • Gestational trophoblastic tumors (tumors in the uterus or womb)
  • Wilms' tumor (a cancer of the kidneys occurring mainly in children)
  • Retinoblastoma (a cancer of the eye occurring mainly in children)
  • Cancer of the bones (in children)
  • Cancer of the muscles, connective tissues (tendons), vessels that carry blood or lymph, joints, and fat.
  • Autoimmune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)–associated Kaposi's sarcoma (a type of cancer of the skin and mucous membranes that is more common in patients with AIDS)

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Powder for Solution
  • Solution