Various factors will affect the dose of carboplatin you are prescribed, such as how you respond to the drug, your chemotherapy regimen, and your height and weight. This product comes in injectable form and is administered intravenously by your healthcare provider once every four weeks. If you have kidney disease or develop intolerable side effects, you may need a lower dosage.
An Introduction to Dosing for CarboplatinThe dose of carboplatin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your height and weight
- How you respond to carboplatin (especially whether you develop dangerous side effects)
- Other medications you may be taking (your particular chemotherapy regimen)
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Recommended Carboplatin DosageYour healthcare provider will base your carboplatin dose on your body surface area, which is calculated using your height and weight. Your dosage will also depend on your particular chemotherapy regimen. You may need a lower amount or a less frequent amount if you develop dangerous or intolerable carboplatin side effects. In addition, people with kidney disease may need to use a lower amount.
General Information on Taking CarboplatinSome considerations to keep in mind during treatment with carboplatin include the following:
- This medication comes in injectable form. Your healthcare provider will administer it intravenously via an IV infusion (also known as an "IV drip"), typically once every four weeks, for a certain number of treatments. The total length of time the infusion will last depends on several factors, such as your dosage and whether you are receiving other IV medications.
- Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you feel any burning or stinging while receiving the infusion, as this may be a sign that the medication is leaking outside the vein (a situation that can be quite serious).
- Most people receive this medication at their healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or at an "infusion center."
- For carboplatin to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Chemotherapy works best when it is taken "on schedule," although often the side effects that occur limit a person's ability to stay on schedule with the full dose.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your carboplatin dosage, talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.