Home Instructions Before Moderate to High Dose Cisplatin

This information will help you prepare for your cisplatin chemotherapy while you’re at home.

To keep your kidneys from getting damaged, you need to drink plenty of liquids before you get cisplatin. If you don’t drink enough liquids leading up to your chemotherapy appointment, we may not be able to give you the chemotherapy as planned.

What to Drink

  • Drink all types of liquids, such as:
    • Water
    • Milk
    • Juices
    • Gatorade®
    • Propel®
    • Soft drinks (soda) without caffeine (such as lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, or caffeine-free cola)
  • Don’t drink water only.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. You may have 1 cup (8 ounces) of regular coffee or tea.
  • Add water to sweet drinks (for example, half water and half juice) to lower the amount of sugar.
  • If you have diabetes or problems with your blood sugar, choose drinks with no sugar.
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How Much to Drink

The day before your chemotherapy

Drink more liquids than usual. Start in the morning and drink at least 10 (8-ounce) glasses (2.5 quarts) of liquids throughout the day.

The day of your chemotherapy

Keep drinking liquids before your chemotherapy appointment. While you’re receiving chemotherapy, you’ll also receive intravenous (IV) hydration to protect your kidney function.

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Keep Track of What You Drink

On the day before and the day of your chemotherapy appointment, write the time and number of ounces that you drink on the table below. This will help you make sure you’re reaching your goal. Bring this table with you when you come for treatment.

The Day Before Your Appointment The Day of Your Appointment
Date and Time Number of Ounces Date and Time Number of Ounces
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