CeeNU (Lomustine) is used in treatment of brain tumors, both primary (developed in brain) and metastatic (spread from another source), and hodgkin's disease lymphoma. It has also been used along with other agents to treat malignant melanoma, lung and breast cancer. CeeNU acts by killing the cancer cells and stops them from dividing. Take the medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. CeeNU should be taken with fluids on an empty stomach; no food or drink for 2 hours after to decrease incidence of nausea and vomiting. The amount of CeeNU that you will receive depends on your height and weight, your general health or other health problems, and the type of cancer or condition being treated. Your doctor will determine your dose and schedule. Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the capsules.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand CeeNU capsules from Canada manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb in the strength of 10 mg capsules. There is no generic available for this medication.
The common side effects of CeeNU may include loss of hair, stomatitis, low blood count, bone marrow suppression, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
• Chest pain;
• Dark urine;
• Swelling of lower legs/feet;
• Stomach/abdominal pain;
• Signs of kidney problems;
• Vision changes
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Before taking lomustine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially if you: have current infection, blood disorder (such as anemia, clotting problem), kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease, are pregnant or breastfeeding. Lomustine can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor. To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised, or injured, use caution with sharp objects like razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports. Use contraception, and do not get pregnant while taking lomustine. Barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, should be used. Do not breastfeed while taking CeeNU. Tell your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about all the medicines you take, including drugs prescribed by other doctors, vitamins, minerals, natural supplements, or alternative medicines. A product that may interact with this drug is nalidixic acid.
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