What Oxaliplatin Is Used For:
- Oxaliplatin is used to treat colon or rectal cancer that has spread (metastasized), it is often given in combination with other anticancer drugs (fluorouracil and leucovorin).
Note: If a drug has been approved for one use, physicians sometimes elect to use this same drug for other problems if they believe it might be helpful.
How Oxaliplatin Is Given:
- It is given by infusion into the vein (intravenous, IV).
- There is no pill form of Oxaliplatin.
- The amount of Oxaliplatin you will receive depends on many factors, including your height and weight, your general health or other health problems, and the type of cancer you have. Your doctor will determine your dosage and schedule.
Important things to remember about Oxaliplatin side effects:
- Most people do not experience all of the Oxaliplatin side effects listed.
- Oxaliplatin side effects are often predictable in terms of their onset and duration.
- Oxaliplatin side effects are almost always reversible and will go away after treatment is complete.
- There are many options to help minimize or prevent Oxaliplatin side effects.
- There is no relationship between the presence or severity of Oxaliplatin side effects and the effectiveness of Oxaliplatin.