Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Eloxatin

Descriptions


Oxaliplatin injection is given along with other medicines to treat advanced cancer of the colon or rectum. It is also used to treat severe colon cancer in patients who have had a surgery.

Oxaliplatin belongs to the group of medicines called antineoplastics. It interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed. Since the growth of normal cells may also be affected by the medicine, other effects may 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 occur after treatment with oxaliplatin has been stopped. Be sure that you have discussed with your doctor the possible side effects of this medicine as well as the benefits it can do.

This medicine is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a 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, oxaliplatin is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Colon cancer, stage II, adjuvant treatment in combination with 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin.
  • Gastric carcinoma, advanced or metastatic.
  • Metastatic colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum that has spread to other areas of the body), first-line therapy, in combination with bevacizumab and capecitabine.
  • Metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma (cancer of the pancreas that has spread to other areas of the body), first-line treatment, in combination with 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Solution
  • Powder for Solution