Bicnu (Injection) Drug and Prescription Information
Bicnu (Injection) Medication Classification
Bicnu (Injection) Brandname
Bicnu (Injection) is used for the Treatment
Carmustine (kar-MUS-teen) Treats brain tumors, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and other types of cancer.
When To Not Use Bicnu (Injection)
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to carmustine.
How Should You Use Bicnu (Injection)
- This medicine, like all medicines used to treat cancer, is very strong. Make sure you understand why you are getting it and what the risks and benefits of treatment are. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor.
- Your doctor will prescribe your dose and tell you how often it will be given.
- Your medicine will be given through a tube put in one of your veins, usually in your arm, wrist, or hand, and sometimes in your chest. This is called intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us), or IV.
- A nurse or other caregiver trained to give cancer drugs will give your treatment.
- Carmustine must be given slowly, so you may need to have the IV attached for 1 to 2 hours.
- Do not get the medicine on your skin. If it does get on your skin, wash the area well with soap and water, and tell your caregiver. If a dose is missed:
- This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or clinic where you get your treatments for instructions.
Proper Bicnu (Injection) Storage
Store Bicnu (Injection) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Bicnu (Injection) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Bicnu (Injection)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Avoid taking cimetidine (Tagamet®), aspirin, or ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) while you are using carmustine.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while you are using carmustine.
- Talk to your doctor before getting any vaccines (such as flu shots).
Bicnu (Injection) Warnings
- Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with this medicine.
- Before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you have liver, lung, or kidney disease, a bone marrow disorder, any kind of infection, or if you have had other chemotherapy.
- You may get infections more easily while being treated with this medicine. Stay away from crowds or people with colds, flu, or other infections.
- This medicine may make your mouth sore and irritated. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush or mouth swab.
- This medicine can cause nausea and vomiting. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to keep you from feeling sick and throwing up. If the medicine does not help (you can't keep liquids down), call your doctor.
- Do not get pregnant while you or your sexual partner are being treated with carmustine. Use an effective form of birth control while taking carmustine.
- If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before you start your treatments.
- Some cancer drugs may make you sterile (unable to have children), whether you are a man or woman. If you plan to have children someday, talk with your doctor before you start your treatments.
Bicnu (Injection) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Pain, swelling or burning where the IV is given
- Uncontrollable nausea or vomiting
- Redness in the eyes, trouble seeing
- Shortness of breath, trouble breathing
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Unexplained fever, chills, or sore throat
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Hair loss
- Nausea and vomiting