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Side Effects & Adverse Reactions

Cisplatin injection produces cumulative nephrotoxicity which is potentiated by aminoglycoside antibiotics. The serum creatinine, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine clearance, and magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium levels should be measured prior to initiating therapy, and prior to each subsequent course. At the recommended dosage, Cisplatin injection should not be given more frequently than once every 3 to 4 weeks (see ADVERSE REACTIONS). Elderly patients may be more susceptible to nephrotoxicity (see PRECAUTIONS: Geriatric Use).

There are reports of severe neuropathies in patients in whom regimens are employed using higher doses of Cisplatin injection or greater dose frequencies than those recommended. These neuropathies may be irreversible and are seen as paresthesias in a stocking-glove distribution, areflexia, and loss of proprioception and vibratory sensation. Elderly patients may be more susceptible to peripheral neuropathy (see PRECAUTIONS: Geriatric Use).

Loss of motor function has also been reported.

Anaphylactic-like reactions to Cisplatin injection have been reported. These reactions have occurred within minutes of administration to patients with prior exposure to Cisplatin injection, and have been alleviated by administration of epinephrine, corticosteroids, and antihistamines.

Cisplatin injection can commonly cause ototoxicity which is cumulative and may be severe. Audiometric testing should be performed prior to initiating therapy and prior to each subsequent dose of drug (see ADVERSE REACTIONS).

Certain genetic variants in the thiopurine S-methyltransferase (TPMT) gene are associated with increased risk of ototoxicity in children administered conventional doses of cisplatin (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY). Children who do not have one of these TPMT gene variants remain at risk for ototoxicity. All pediatric patients receiving cisplatin should have audiometric testing at baseline, prior to each subsequent dose, of drug and for several years post therapy.

Cisplatin injection can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Cisplatin injection is mutagenic in bacteria and produces chromosome aberrations in animal cells in tissue culture. In mice Cisplatin injection is teratogenic and embryotoxic. If this drug is used during pregnancy or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. Patients should be advised to avoid becoming pregnant.

The carcinogenic effect of Cisplatin injection was studied in BD IX rats. Cisplatin injection was administered intraperitoneally (i.p.) to 50 BD IX rats for 3 weeks, 3 X 1 mg/kg body weight per week. Four hundred and fifty-five days after the first application, 33 animals died, 13 of them related to malignancies: 12 leukemias and 1 renal fibrosarcoma.

The development of acute leukemia coincident with the use of Cisplatin injection has been reported. In these reports, Cisplatin injection was generally given in combination with other leukemogenic agents.

Injection site reactions may occur during the administration of Cisplatin injection (see ADVERSE REACTIONS). Given the possibility of extravasation, it is recommended to closely monitor the infusion site for possible infiltration during drug administration. A specific treatment for extravasation reactions is unknown at this time.

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Cisplatin injection is indicated as therapy to be employed as follows:

Metastatic Testicular Tumors

In established combination therapy with other approved chemotherapeutic agents in patients with metastatic testicular tumors who have already received appropriate surgical and/or radiotherapeutic procedures.

Metastatic Ovarian Tumors

In established combination therapy with other approved chemotherapeutic agents in patients with metastatic ovarian tumors who have already received appropriate surgical and/or radiotherapeutic procedures. An established combination consists of Cisplatin injection and cyclophosphamide. Cisplatin injection, as a single agent, is indicated as secondary therapy in patients with metastatic ovarian tumors refractory to standard chemotherapy who have not previously received Cisplatin injection therapy.

Advanced Bladder Cancer

Cisplatin injection is indicated as a single agent for patients with transitional cell bladder cancer which is no longer amenable to local treatments, such as surgery and/or radiotherapy.


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Other Information

Cisplatin injection infusion concentrate is a clear, colorless, sterile aqueous solution available in amber vials. Each 50 mL or 100 mL amber vial of infusion concentrate contains: 1 mg/mL cisplatin, 9 mg/mL sodium chloride, hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide to adjust pH, and water for injection to a final volume of 50 mL or 100 mL, respectively. The pH range of Cisplatin Injection is 3.5 to 6.5.

Cisplatin injection infusion concentrate must be further diluted prior to administration (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION: All Patients).

The active ingredient, cisplatin, is a yellow to orange crystalline powder with the molecular formula PtCl2H6N2, and a molecular weight of 300.1. Cisplatin is a heavy metal complex containing a central atom of platinum surrounded by two chloride atoms and two ammonia molecules in the cis position. It is soluble in water or saline at 1 mg/mL and in dimethylformamide at 24 mg/mL. It has a melting point of 207° C.           


Cisplatin Manufacturers

  • Pfizer Laboratories Div Pfizer Inc.
    Cisplatin Injection [Pfizer Laboratories Div Pfizer Inc.]
  • Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc.
    Cisplatin Injection, Solution [Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc.]
  • Fresenius Kabi Usa, Llc
    Cisplatin Injection, Solution [Fresenius Kabi Usa, Llc]
  • Mylan Institutional Llc
    Cisplatin Injection [Mylan Institutional Llc ]
  • Wg Critical Care, Llc
    Cisplatin Injection, Solution [Wg Critical Care, Llc]

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