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    Information about Carmustine

    Carmustine uses

    Carmustine is used in the treatment of brain tumor.

    How carmustine works

    Carmustine is an anti-cancer medication. It works by damaging the genetic material (DNA and RNA) of the cancer cells. This stops their growth and multiplication.

    Common side effects of carmustine

    Headache, Weakness, Vomiting, Infection, Confusion, Constipation, Rash, Hair loss, Fever, Convulsion, Depression, Speech disorder, Brain swelling, Thrombophlebitis, Hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body), Sleepiness
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    Written By
    Dr. Arpit Bhatnagar
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    24 Jun 2019 | 04:48 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Carmustine

    • Caution is to be exercised by patients with bone marrow suppression, breathing problems or lung disease and elderly patients.
    • Carmustine lowers immune response making you susceptible to infections. Therefore avoid contact with people suffering from cold or infections.
    • Carmustine reduces body’s ability to clot blood. Hence, in case of injury /bruising or presence of blood in the stools notify your doctor.
    • Do not consume this drug if you are allergic to carmustine or any of its ingredients.
    • Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding or injury.
    • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Carmustine


    Q. Is Carmustine safe?

    Carmustine is safe if taken at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Is Carmustine a vesicant?

    Carmustine is classified under irritants amongst chemotherapy drugs. However when administered at high doses it can act as vesicant

    Q. Does Carmustine inhibit DNA replication?

    Yes, Carmustine works by preventing DNA replication.

    Content on this page was last updated on 24 June, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)