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Drug Interactions

Oxaliplatin may react with a number of other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Oxaliplatin).
 

What If I Overdose on This Medicine?

An overdose with this medication can be quite dangerous. Seek immediate medical attention if you believe you have been given too much oxaliplatin.
 
(Click Eloxatin Overdose for more information.)
 

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose of Oxaliplatin?

It is important to keep your scheduled appointments to receive oxaliplatin. If you miss an appointment, contact your healthcare provider right away to reschedule.
 

How Does It Work?

Oxaliplatin is known as a platinum-based anticancer medication. It works by binding together strands of DNA within the cells, including cancer cells. This prevents the cells from being able to multiply, which can stop the growth and spread of the cancer.
 

When and How to Receive This Medication

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with oxaliplatin include the following:
 
  • This medication is given as a slow injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, infusion). It is given in combination with other chemotherapy medications once every two weeks.
 
  • The injections are given by a trained healthcare provider in a healthcare setting.
 
  • You will receive each treatment course over two days. Oxaliplatin will be given on the first day only. It will take at least two hours to receive your entire oxaliplatin dose.
 
  • Your healthcare provider may recommend you take certain other medications before your oxaliplatin dose to help prevent nausea and vomiting.
 
  • For this drug to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. The medication will not work as well if you miss doses.
 
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