Medication Information Leaflet

What is this medication for?

Carboplatin is a chemotherapy drug used to treat many types of cancer including breast cancer, small cell lung cancer, ovarian cancer. It may be used in combination with other types of chemotherapy. 

How should I take/use this medication?

Carboplatin is given via an injection into the vein, as an infusion (drip).

What precautions should I take?

Inform your healthcare professional if: 

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.

What are some common side-effects of this medication?

  • Early side-effects
    • About 6 to 12 hours after treatment, nausea and vomiting may be experienced, which may recur over the next few days.
      • You may be given anti-vomiting medications, take them as directed to help prevent or decrease these side effects.
      • Take small frequent meals and avoid strong smells that might trigger nausea
  • Delayed side-effects
    • Hair thinning
      • Wear a wig or hat, or use a gentle shampoo
    • Numbness or tingling sensation in the hands and feet
      • Inform your doctor if you are bothered by this symptom or have trouble buttoning up shirts or picking up objects
    • A drop in the blood cell counts. This may put you at a higher risk of infections, bleeding or bruising, and feeling tired.
      • To reduce risks of getting an infection, practise good personal hygiene, avoid crowded places or people who are sick and avoid eating raw food
      • To reduce risks of bleeding and bruising, do not pick your nose. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
      • If you are feeling tired, do not drive or engage in activities that require concentration.

What are some rare but serious side-effects that I need to seek medical advice immediately?

  • Allergic reactions may rarely occur after repeated treatment with this drug. Please inform the nurse immediately if you experience any of these symptoms during infusion: shortness of breath, warm sensation, flushing, rash, itch, swelling of the eyes or lips, chest or abdominal discomfort.
  • Fever of 38° C or higher
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising or black tarry stools

What food or medication should I avoid when I am on this medication?

Avoid traditional Chinese medications or ‘jamu’



If you take more than the recommended dose, please seek medical advice immediately. 

The information provided on this page does not replace information from your healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare professional for more information.

This article is jointly developed by members of the National Medication Information workgroup. The workgroup consists of cluster partners (National Healthcare Group, National University Health System and SingHealth), community pharmacies (Guardian, Unity and Watsons) and Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore. The content does not reflect drug availability and supply information in pharmacies and healthcare institutions. You are advised to check with the respective institutions for such information.

Last updated on May 2022

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