What is cisplatin?

Common Brand(s): Platinol-AQ

Cisplatin is used to treat various types of cancer. It is a chemotherapy drug that contains platinum. It is used to slow or stop cancer cell growth.


  • osteosarcoma of bone
  • ovarian germ cell tumor carcinoma
  • neuroblastoma
  • metastatic breast carcinoma
  • multiple myeloma
  • gastric cancer
  • adenocarcinoma of pancreas
  • malignant neoplasm of lung
  • small cell lung carcinoma
  • non-small cell lung cancer
  • carcinoma of cervix
  • malignant neoplasm of the ovary
  • endometrial carcinoma
  • testicular germ cell tumor
  • adrenal cortex carcinoma
  • progressive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • conditioning prior to allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant
  • invasive bladder cancer
  • neuroendocrine prostate carcinoma
  • metastatic malignant tumor of anus
  • squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck

Usage Instructions

This medication is usually given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. The dosage is based on your medical condition, body size, and response to treatment.

During treatment with this medication, it is important that you take in more fluids than usual and pass urine frequently to help avoid kidney side effects. Intravenous fluids should be given with this medication. Also, ask your doctor how much fluid you should drink and follow these instructions carefully.

If this medication comes into contact with your skin, wash your skin right away and completely with soap and water.


Consult the product instructions and your pharmacist for storage details. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.