Belustine 40 (Lomustine)
What is Belustine 40 (Lomustine) used for?
Belustine 40 (Lomustine) is an oral cancer medication used in chemotherapy to treat a wide variety of cancers. It operates by slowing or preventing the reproduction of cancer cells in the body allowing other procedures to be performed to remove them. It is commonly used to treat kidney cancer, bone marrow cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, or cervical cancer. Your doctor may prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Belustine 40 (Lomustine)?
Strictly follow your doctor`s instructions while using Belustine 40 (Lomustine) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one dosage of one capsule, but your particular instructions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed whole and unaltered with a large amount of water to reduce nausea. You are also advised to greatly increase your fluid intake to prevent dehydration that may occur. Never open the capsules or dissolve their contents before use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have about using the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Belustine 40 (Lomustine)?
The use of Belustine 40 (Lomustine) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are fever, flu symptoms, chest pain, trouble breathing, confusion, sores or white patches in or around the mouth, swelling of the feet, or jaundice. Contact your doctor as soon as any serious or worrying symptoms occur to make sure the necessary alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more health complications from occurring.
Belustine 40 (Lomustine) should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, who have a wheat allergy, low platelet or white blood cell counts, or severely reduced kidney function. Also inform your doctor if you have hereditary blood disorders or reduced kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring alterations to your regimen.
Strictly use Belustine 40 (Lomustine) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Belustine 40 (Lomustine) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.