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General Information on Carmustine

Generic Name : Carmustine

Pronunciation : kar mus' teen

Latest prescription information about Carmustine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y43.3 | Therapeutic Classification : Chemotherapy

Trade Names/Brand Names of Carmustine

International- BiCNU.

Why is Carmustine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an anti-cancer drug, prescribed for certain types of cancers like multiple myeloma, brain tumor, Hodgkin’s and non – Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The medication restricts the advancement of the cancer cell growth in the body.  

When should Carmustine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Carmustine?

IV- The recommended dose as a single agent in previously untreated patients is 150 to 200 mg/m² intravenously every 6 weeks. This may be given as a single dose or divided into daily injections such as 75 to 100 mg/m² on 2 successive days.

How should Carmustine be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection, administered by healthcare providers.

What are the warnings and precautions for Carmustine?

• Avoid immunization while taking this medication.

• If you are taking any other medication, inform the doctor.

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver or kidney impairment, decrease in blood count, bone marrow depression, lung disease, during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

• Monitor blood count, liver, kidney and lung function regularly while taking this medication.

• It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Carmustine?

  Body as whole: Fever, chills, sore throat, loss of appetite or weight and swelling in ankle and feet region.
  Skin : Pale skin, easy bruising and redness.
  Blood: Abnormal bleeding.
  Heart : Rapid heart beat.
  Respiratory : Wheezing and chest pain.
  Gastrointestinal: Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  Central Nervous System: Confusion, headache, weakness, dizziness, drowsiness and mood changes.
  Eye : Vision imbalance.
  Delayed effect: Liver and kidney damage, lung fibrosis and stomach upset.
  Potentially Fatal: Delayed and cumulative bone marrow depression.

What are the other precautions for Carmustine?

Avoid alcohol consumption while taking this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Carmustine?

Store in refrigerator at 2-8°C; away from light.


Schedule : G

Drugs that are to be used only under medical supervision.
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