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People who have certain types of colon or rectal cancer may benefit from chemotherapy treatment with Eloxatin. This prescription drug is given through an intravenous (IV) infusion and is used in combination with other medications to help slow down the growth and spread of the cancer. Most people who receive it will develop some type of side effect, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or nerve problems.
What Is Eloxatin?Eloxatin® (oxaliplatin) is a prescription chemotherapy medication. It is used in combination with other medications for the treatment of the following types of cancer:
- Advanced colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum)
- Stage III colon cancer, after surgery to remove the tumor.
Who Makes This Medication?Eloxatin is manufactured by sanofi-aventis U.S., LLC. It is also manufactured by Ben Venue Laboratories for sanofi-aventis.
How Does Eloxatin Work?Eloxatin 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 ItSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Eloxatin 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. Eloxatin will be given on the first day only. It will take at least two hours to receive your entire dose.
- Your healthcare provider may recommend you take certain other medications before your Eloxatin 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.