CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Cisplatin Injection.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of
talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
Cisplatin Injection against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet.
You may need to read it again.
What Cisplatin Injection is used for
Cisplatin belongs to a group of anticancer medicines known as the platinum complexes.
Cisplatin works by preventing the growth of cancer cells and eventually destroying
them. It is used for cancer of the ovary, testis, bladder and also head and neck
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another purpose.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you are given Cisplatin Injection
When you must not be given it
Do not use Cisplatin Injection if:
you have an allergy to cisplatin, carboplatin or other medicines containing platinum
you have an allergy to any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
you have kidney disease or poor kidney function
you have a low blood count
you have hearing problems
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
It may affect the developing baby.
Birth control should be used during treatment with Cisplatin. You must tell your doctor
immediately if you think you are pregnant.
Cisplatin may have a prolonged effect on fertility in males and females. Your doctor
should discuss this issue with you before you begin therapy with Cisplatin.
Do not breastfeed if you are using this medicine.
The possible harmful effects to the infant are unknown, so breastfeeding is not recommended
while you are receiving Cisplatin.
If you are not sure whether you should be given Cisplatin, talk to your doctor.
Before you are given it
Tell your doctor if you have any allergies to any medicines, foods, preservatives
Tell you doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
any sort of infection, e.g., sinusitis, tooth abscess, etc
abnormal or heavy bleeding
severe nausea and vomiting
numbness or weakness of the arms and legs
dizziness or being light-headed, especially on standing up
problems with your sight
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy
without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Cisplatin may interfere with each other. These include:
other anticancer drugs
fluid tablets (diuretics)
You may need different amounts of your medicines or you may need to take different
medicines. Your doctor will advise you.
How Cisplatin Injection is given
Cisplatin is given by a slow injection into a vein. Cisplatin must only be given
by a doctor or nurse.
Your doctor will decide what dose, how often and how long you will receive it. This
depends on your condition and other factors, such as your weight, age, blood tests,
how well your kidneys, liver and ears are working, and whether or not other medicines
are being given at the same time.
Additional fluid is given before and after your dose of Cisplatin. This is to make
sure that you do not lose too much water and cause problems with your kidneys.
If you are given too much (overdose)
Overdose is unlikely as treatment is given in hospital under the supervision of a
However, if you are given too much cisplatin, you may experience some of the effects
listed under "Side Effects" below.
Ask your doctor if you have any concerns.
Your doctor has information on how to recognise and treat an overdose.
While you are being treated with Cisplatin
Things you must do
Keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked.
You will also have blood tests to check for side effects.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are using
If you become pregnant while using this medicine, tell your doctor immediately.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well
while you are being given Cisplatin Injection.
Like other medicines, Cisplatin can cause some side effects. If they occur, most
are likely to be minor or temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
nausea or vomiting
flushing, swelling of the face, wheezing, fast heartbeat, a rash, dizziness or feeling
hearing loss or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
blurred vision, changes in colour or blindness
muscle cramps or twitching
muscle aches or pains
tingling or a loss of sensation in the hands or feet
problems with movement or reduced reflexes, and leg weakness
slurred speech and loss of taste and memory
irregular and/or rapid heart beat
shaking or tremors, foot spasms
pain or redness at site of injection
bleeding, unusual bruising, bleeding gums, blood in the urine or stools, or pinpoint
reduced urination, swelling of feet or lower legs
fever and chills, sore throat, sweats or feel generally unwell
hair loss, especially of the scalp
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients.
Tell your doctor if you notice any other effects. Some side effects may only be seen
by your doctor.
What it looks like
Cisplatin Injection is a clear, pale yellow solution in a plastic vial.
Cisplatin Injection contains cisplatin, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, sodium
chloride and mannitol in Water for Injections. It does not contain a preservative.
Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
Toll Free Number: 1800 675 229
Australian registration numbers
AUST R 11349: 10 mg in 10 mL (Not currently marketed)
AUST R 49301: 50 mg in 50 mL
AUST R 49302: 100 mg in 100 mL
Date of preparation
This leaflet was prepared in September 2019