Carmustine (BCNU)

Carmustine (BCNU) is a medicine used to treat certain types of cancer and in bone marrow transplantation.

It is available as an injectable medication as well as a wafer for surgical implantation.

  • Your child's doctor may want to check your child's lung function prior to administering, and after giving, carmustine (BCNU).
  • This medication is usually given in the hospital.
  • If your child experiences severe nausea, frequent and small meals, may be helpful.
  • Tell your child's doctor about other medications that your child is taking including over-the-counter and herbal medications.
  • This medication may change your child's skin color.
  • Your child's doctor may ask that your child remain lying down during the infusion of carmustine (BCNU) and that blood pressure be checked periodically, as carmustine (BCNU) may cause your child to have low blood pressure, especially during the infusion.
  • Use precaution when changing your child's diapers or soiled linens for 48 hours after a dose – use gloves during this time to avoid contact with the medication.
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at 513-636-5111, or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and/or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

Contact your child's doctor if symptoms persist or become bothersome:

  • Flushing of your child's skin
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Persistent cough
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fever 101.5 once or 100.5 twice in 12 hours
  • Seizure
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Dizziness, confusion
  • Yellowing of the skin and/or eyes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain

Last Updated 11/2013