General English name: Carmustine
Application: Cancer – Multiple myeloma – Brain tumor – Hodgkin’s disease – Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Pharmaceutical forms of carmustine
- Injectable solution
Carmustine Pharmaceutical Information
Carmustine is used to treat cancers (called multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and brain tumors). Carmustine is an alkylating agent that slows or stops the growth of cancer cells.
The correct amount and method of taking Carmustine
- Read the package leaflet carefully before starting treatment with this medicine. This brochure will help you to get information about the drug and its possible side effects.
- The dose and amount of Carmustine varies from person to person; Use the medicine exactly as your doctor advised. It is usually injected every 6 weeks.
- This medicine is injected intravenously under the supervision of a doctor.
- The dose of Carmustine and the course of treatment with this drug depends on the patient’s weight and its effectiveness for the patient.
- Pay attention to the expiration date of Carmustine and do not take it if your medicine has expired.
- Never give Carmustine to another person, even if you have the same symptoms.
- Check for carmustine drug interactions, and if you are taking a drug that interacts with this drug, talk to your doctor about using your medications.
Carmustine consumption during pregnancy and lactation
During pregnancy and lactation, you should not use the drug arbitrarily without consulting your doctor. Carmustine may be harmful to the fetus.
The effect of taking Carmustine on driving
Carmustine may not cause symptoms such as drowsiness, but in some people it can cause vision changes. If you have these symptoms, avoid driving.
Carmustine drug interaction
Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter and herbal medicines) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.
Other drugs that can interact with carmustine include nalidixic acid.
Some medications may not be prescribed under certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best for your doctor to be aware of the following before taking carmustine:
- If you are pregnant, planning to have a baby, or if you are breast-feeding.
- If you have liver problems.
- If you have a kidney problem.
- If you have breathing problems.
- If you have had an infection recently.
- If you are taking certain medications. These medicines include all the medicines available, whether you are prescribed them or taking them without a doctor’s prescription, such as herbal medicines and complementary medicines.
- If you have a history of an allergic reaction to a drug.
Side effects of carmustine
All medications can cause side effects. But many consumers also do not experience any side effects. Some side effects may occur if you take more than the dose of this medicine. If any of these side effects occur, your doctor should be informed:
- Pain and redness at the injection site
- eye redness
- Hot flashes
- Loss of appetite
- Symptoms of liver disease (such as yellowing of the eyes or skin), dark urine, symptoms of kidney problems (such as burning or pain when urinating, blood in the urine, changes in the amount of urine), changes in vision: See a doctor right away if you have such serious side effects.
- Skin rash, shortness of breath and allergic symptoms: If you have such serious side effects, see a doctor immediately.
Consult your doctor if you have any other symptoms that you feel may be due to the use of Carmustine.
Complications of Carmustine Overdose (Carmustine Poisoning)
- Do not take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor.
- If you feel that someone has been poisoned and you have symptoms such as shortness of breath, fainting and weakness (fainting), call the emergency room immediately.
Storage conditions of Carmustine
- Keep the medicine out of the reach of children.
- Store the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.