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What Is Oxaliplatin Used For?

How Does This Medicine 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 multiplying, which can stop the growth and spread of the cancer.
 

Can Children Use Oxaliplatin?

Oxaliplatin is not approved for use in children. At this time, it is unknown whether this medication would work in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using this drug in children.
 

Is It Safe for Use in Older Adults?

Yes, older adults can use oxaliplatin. However, older adults appear to have a higher risk for certain side effects, such as:
 
  • Severe low white blood cell counts (which may increase the risk for infection)
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Low potassium levels
  • Unconsciousness.
 
Also, oxaliplatin has not been shown to be effective for the treatment of stage III colon cancer in people older than 65 years of age.
 

Is Oxaliplatin Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend oxaliplatin for something other than the uses discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Oxaliplatin may be used off-label to treat:
 
 
In addition, the use of oxaliplatin in combination with chemotherapy medicines other than leucovorin and 5-fluorouracil would be considered an off-label use.
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