Brand Names : Gliadel Wafer, BCNU
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine,
the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do.
This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For carmustine, the following
should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or
allergic reaction to carmustine. Also tell your health care professional if
you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or
Pregnancy - The implanted dosage form of carmustine has not been
studied in pregnant women or animals. However, studies in animals have shown
that carmustine in other dosage forms causes birth defects and other problems.
Be sure that you have discussed this before receiving this medicine. Tell
your doctor right away if you think you have become pregnant while receiving
Breast-feeding - It is not known if carmustine or the components
of the wafer pass into the breast milk. However, carmustine is not recommended
during breast-feeding, because it may cause unwanted effects in nursing babies.
Children - Studies on this medicine have been done only in adult
patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of carmustine
in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults - Many medicines have not been studied specifically
in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly
the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects
or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use
of carmustine in the elderly with its use in younger adults.
Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used
together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together
even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to
change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care
professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter
Other medical problems - The presence of other medical
problems may affect the use of carmustine. Make sure you tell your doctor
if you have any other medical problems.