Cisplatin is a medicine used to treat certain types of cancer.

It is available as an injectable medication.

  • This medication may affect your child's kidneys and hearing. Your child's doctor will want to perform tests prior to and after your child is exposed to cisplatin.
  • Your child's doctor will also want to test your child's blood to monitor for potassium, calcium, phospate, and magnesium imbalance that may be caused by cisplatin.
  • Have your child drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication to ensure adequate hydration.
  • This medication can cause severe nausea and vomiting which may begin up to 48 hours after the drug is given and last for about one week. Call your child's doctor if symptoms of nausea and vomiting are severe. There are medications available that may help with this side effect.
  • This medication is usually given in the hospital.
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and/or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication. 

  • Hair loss
  • Rash
  • Loss of appetite and upset stomach
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Low blood counts
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fever 101.5 once or 100.5 twice in 12 hours
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Ringing in the ears or hearing loss
  • Painful urination or difficulty urinating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or swelling at the site of the infusion
  • Tingling or numbness

Last Updated 11/2013