Platinol is a prescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating several types of cancer. Platinol is sometimes combined with other drugs such as VP-16, Cytoxan, and a corticosteroid in a chemotherapy regimen to treat myeloma. Platinol is also known by its drug name, cisplatin.
Platinol is an anti-cancer drug used in chemotherapy. Platinol is a member of a class of drugs called alkylating agents. Platinol is believed to work by preventing the production of DNA in cells, blocking cell division.
How do I take it?
Platinol is administered as an intravenous infusion during chemotherapy treatment.
The FDA-approved label for Platinol lists common side effects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, damage to hearing, vision problems, neuropathy (nerve pain and tingling), and muscle cramps.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Platinol include kidney failure, deafness, permanent nerve damage, heart attack, stroke, increased risk for developing other cancers, hypersensitivity reactions, and fetal harm in pregnant women.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Platinol — RxList
Drug Therapy for Multiple Myeloma — American Cancer Society