Brand Names : BiCNU, BCNU
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects.
Some side effects will have signs or symptoms that you can see or feel. Your
doctor may watch for others by doing certain tests. Some of the unwanted effects
that may be caused by carmustine are listed below. Although not all of these
effects may occur, if they do occur, they may need medical attention.
Also, because of the way these medicines act on the body, there is a chance
that they might cause other unwanted effects that may not occur until months
or years after the medicine is used. These delayed effects may include certain
types of cancer, such as leukemia. Discuss these possible effects with your
Check with your health care professional as
soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Other side effects may occur
that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away
during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care
professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some
of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of
the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions
This medicine may cause
a temporary loss of hair in some people. After treatment with carmustine has
ended, normal hair growth should return.
Side effects that affect your lungs (for example, cough and shortness of
breath) may be more likely to occur if you smoke.
After you stop receiving carmustine, it may
still produce some side effects that need attention. During this period of
time check with your health care professional if you notice any of the following:
Black, tarry stools; blood in urine
or stools; cough or hoarseness, accompanied by fever
or chills; fever or chills; lower back or side pain, accompanied by fever or chills; painful or difficult urination, accompanied by fever or chills; pinpoint red spots on skin; shortness
of breath; unusual bleeding or bruising
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in
some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your health care