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Oxaliplatin and Ice Chips

Oxaliplatin (Eloxatin®) can cause nerve problems that are worsened by cold temperatures or objects. If you are undergoing this particular chemotherapy treatment, you may develop nerve problems such as:
  • Sensitivity to cold temperatures and objects
  • Difficulty talking, jaw tightness, or unusual feelings in your tongue
  • Difficulty walking or doing other activities.
To help minimize these nerve problems with oxaliplatin, avoid things like ice chips and cold beverages. Also, make sure to cover your skin before going outside in cold weather.
(To learn more on this topic, click Precautions and Warnings With Oxaliplatin. This Web selection describes other complications this chemotherapy drug may cause, and explains what your healthcare provider needs to know before you begin treatment.)
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