What is lomustine?
Lomustine is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their spread in the body.
Lomustine is used to treat brain tumors and Hodgkin's disease.
Lomustine is sometimes given with other cancer medications.
Lomustine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about lomustine?
Do not use lomustine if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to lomustine.
Before taking lomustine, tell your doctor if you have bone marrow suppression, liver or kidney disease, or a history of lung or breathing problems.
Lomustine is usually taken once every 6 weeks. To get the correct dose, you may need to take 2 or more capsules that are different types and colors. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Lomustine can cause nausea and vomiting or loss of appetite. Taking lomustine on an empty stomach may reduce nausea and vomiting. Call your doctor if you vomit right after taking a lomustine capsule.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested weekly for at least 6 weeks after you take lomustine. Your kidneys, liver, and lung function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor.
Wear disposable rubber gloves when you handle a lomustine capsule. Throw the gloves away after one use.
Do not use a lomustine capsule that has been accidentally opened or broken. The medicine from inside the capsule can be dangerous if it gets on your skin. If skin contact occurs, wash the area with soap and water.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lomustine?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to it.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use lomustine if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether lomustine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.