Oxaliplatin is an analog of cisplatin and is the first successful platinum-containing anticancer drug. It works by killing cancer cells and is to be used together with other drugs for the adjuvant treatment of stage III colon or rectal cancer in patients who have already had surgery to remove the tumor. Oxaliplatin has also been used in advanced ovarian cancer and has been tested with some results in head and neck cancers, skin cancer, lung cancer, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas.
As with all pharmaceuticals, some unwanted effects can occur from the use of oxaliplatin powder for injection. Always consult a doctor or health care professional for medical advice before use. Common side effects include, but may not be limited to: chest pain, confusion, cough, decreased urination, dizziness, fever, pale skin, muscle pain, headache. Seek medical attention if the following develop: diarrhea, convulsions, tremors, vomiting, agitation, difficulty in breathing.
For a comprehensive list of all possible effects, consult your doctor.
If any symptom persists or gets worse, or you notice any other symptom, then please call your doctor immediately.