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Allergic Reaction to Oxaliplatin

Oxaliplatin (Eloxatin®) is a chemotherapy drug prescribed in the treatment of certain types of colon or rectal cancer. It is known as a platinum-based anticancer medication. As with other platinum medications, oxaliplatin can cause potentially life-threatening allergic reactions that can occur within minutes of starting your oxaliplatin infusion. These allergic reactions can occur even if you have received the drug before without any complications.
Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you are receiving oxaliplatin and develop any signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face, lips, or tongue.
(Click Oxaliplatin Side Effects for a closer look at other possible signs of an allergic reaction. This full-length article also lists other possible side effects of this chemotherapy drug.)
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