Cisplatin Solution for Injection 10 mg/10 mL, 25 mg/25 mL, 50 mg/50 mL and 100 mg/100 mL
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Cisplatin Accord.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you being given this medicine against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about being given this medicine, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
What Cisplatin Accord 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 cancer.
Your doctor, however, may prescribe Cisplatin Accord for another purpose.
Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have any questions about why Cisplatin Accord has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
Cisplatin Accord is not addictive.
Before you are given it
When you must not be given it
Do not receive Cisplatin Accord if you have an allergy to Cisplatin, carboplatin, other medicines containing platinum or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- shortness of breath, wheezing, difficulty breathing or a tight feeling in your chest;
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body;
- rash, itching, hives or flushed, red skin;
- dizziness or light-headedness.
Do not receive Cisplatin Accord if you have, or have had, any of the following medical conditions:
- you have kidney disease or poor kidney function
- you have a low blood count
- you have hearing problems
Do not receive it if you are pregnant or intend 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 receive it if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. The possible harmful effects to the infant are unknown, so breastfeeding is not recommended while you are receiving Cisplatin.
Do not receive it after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the carton. If you receive it after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
Do not receive it if the packaging is damaged or shows signs of tampering.
If you are not sure whether you should be receiving Cisplatin Accord, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you are given it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to:
- any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
- any other medicines
- any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Like most medicines of this kind, Cisplatin Accord is not recommended to be used during pregnancy. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of being given it if you are pregnant.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to breast-feed. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of being given it if you are breast-feeding or planning 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
- bleeding gums
- unusual tiredness
- 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
- muscle weakness
Tell your doctor if you plan to have surgery.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you are given Cisplatin Accord.
Taking other medicines or treatments
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist 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 Accord may interfere with each other. These include:
- other anticancer drugs
- fluid tablets (diuretics)
These medicines and treatments may be affected by Cisplatin Accord, or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to have different medicines. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you.
Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or to avoid while being given Cisplatin Accord.
How it is given
Cisplatin Accord should only be administered by trained professionals, with appropriate handling, in a hospital or clinic environment.
Cisplatin Accord is for single use in one patient only. Any unused residue should be discarded.
How much is given
Your doctor will decide what dose you will receive. 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 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.
Ask your doctor if you want to know more about the dose of Cisplatin Accord you receive.
How it is given
Cisplatin Accord may be given as a single intravenous infusion or slow intravenous infusion.
If you receive too much (Overdose)
As Cisplatin Accord is given to you under the supervision of your doctor, it is very unlikely that you will receive too much. However, if you experience any unexpected or worrying side effects after being given Cisplatin Accord, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital. You may need urgent medical attention.
Symptoms of a Cisplatin Accord overdose include the side effects listed below in the 'Side Effects' section.
While you are being given it
Things you must do
Be sure to keep all your doctor's appointments. Your doctor may also want to do some blood and other tests from time to time to check on your progress and detect any unwanted side effects.
Tell all the doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who are treating you that you are being given Cisplatin Accord.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are being given Cisplatin Accord.
If you plan to have surgery that needs a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or dentist that you are being given Cisplatin Accord.
If you become pregnant while you are being given Cisplatin Accord, tell your doctor immediately.
Things to be careful of
Be careful when driving or operating machinery until you know how Cisplatin Accord affects you. You may feel tired and weaker while you are being treated with Cisplatin Accord.
All medicines have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not. Your doctor has weighed the risks of using this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are being given Cisplatin Accord.
If any of the following happen, tell your doctor or nurse immediately:
- nausea or vomiting
- flushing, swelling of the face, wheezing, fast heartbeat, a rash, dizziness or feeling light-headed
- 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 red spots
- reduced urination, swelling of the feet or lower legs
- fever and chills, sore throat, sweats or feel generally unwell
- hair loss, especially of the scalp
You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell. Some side effects may only be seen by your doctor or nurse.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
Ask your doctor to answer any questions you may have.
The benefits and side effects of Cisplatin Accord may take some time to occur. Therefore, even after you have finished your Cisplatin Accord treatment you should tell your doctor or nurse immediately if you notice any of the side effects listed in this section.
After being given it
If you have any queries about any aspect of your medicine, or any questions regarding the information in this leaflet, discuss them with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Cisplatin Accord injection solution will be stored in the pharmacy or on the ward. It must be kept in a cool dry place, protected from light, where the temperature stays below 25°C. It should not be refrigerated or frozen.
What it looks like
Cisplatin Accord is a clear colourless to pale yellow solution in a glass vial.
Water for injections
Cisplatin Accord does not contain gluten, sucrose, lactose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Name and Address of the Sponsor
Accord Healthcare Pty Ltd.
Level 24, 570 Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Australian Registration Number
10 mg/10 mL: AUST R 286790
25 mg/25 mL: AUST R 286793
50 mg/50 mL: AUST R 286786
100 mg/100 mL: AUST R 286791
Date of preparation
This leaflet was prepared on 09 July 2018.
Published by MIMS April 2019