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About your treatment
Your doctor has ordered the drug lomustine to help treat your illness. The drug is taken by mouth in capsule form. Your full dose may contain two or more different types of capsules. Take all of them at the same time, with fluids, on an empty stomach. Lomustine usually is given once every 6 weeks.
This medication is used to treat:
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Lomustine is in a class of drugs known as alkylating agents; it slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in your body. The length of treatment depends on the types of drugs you are taking, how well your body responds to them, and the type of cancer you have.
Other uses for this medicine
Lomustine also is used in the treatment of bronchogenic carcinoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, malignant melanoma, breast cancer, renal cell carcinoma, and carcinoma of the GI tract. Lomustine has been applied to the skin to treast mycosis fungoides and psoriasis. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.
Before taking lomustine,
Side effects from lomustine are common and include:
Tell your doctor if the following symptom is severe or lasts for several hours:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Keep lomustine in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT