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As with other chemotherapy medicines, cisplatin often causes very serious or intolerable side effects. Many of these problems can interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment, as side effects can cause people to not receive their medication on schedule. Potential side effects of cisplatin include vomiting, kidney dysfunction, and hearing loss. Other, less serious reactions include hair loss, weakness, and hiccups.

An Introduction to Cisplatin Side Effects

As with any medicine, cisplatin can cause side effects. However, unlike most types of medications, chemotherapy medications (including cisplatin) often cause very serious or intolerable side effects. In fact, the side effects of chemotherapy often limit how effective the drugs may be (as side effects often interfere with receiving chemotherapy "on schedule").
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with cisplatin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Possible Side Effects of Cisplatin

Cisplatin has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the possible side effects were carefully documented. Some of the more serious side effects of cisplatin that were reported include:
Some of the less serious side effects included but were not limited to:
  • Loss of taste
  • Hair loss
  • Weakness
  • Hiccups.
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