Belustine 40 (Lomustine)
What is Belustine 40 (Lomustine) used for?
Belustine 40 (Lomustine) is an oral cancer medication used in chemotherapy treatments. It operates by interfering with the growth of cancer cells to prevent their reproduction and spread throughout the body. This action makes it useful for treating a wide variety of cancers including skin cancers, kidney cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, brain tumors, bone cancer, cervical cancer, or ovarian cancer. Your physician may prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Belustine 40 (Lomustine)?
Belustine 40 (Lomustine) should be used strictly according to your physician's instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. Most patients are prescribed a single dose of one capsule. Your individual directions will be determined by your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. This dose should be swallowed whole and unaltered along with plenty of water to reduce nausea or stomach discomfort. It is also important to maintain fluid intake to prevent dehydration. Never open the capsule or dissolve its contents before use as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Always ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Belustine 40 (Lomustine)?
Commonly reported side effects that may occur while using Belustine 40 (Lomustine) include:
Contact your physician as soon as possible if any serious or worrying side effects occur such as confusion, mood changes, sores or white patches in or around the mouth, fever, flu symptoms, chest pain, difficulty breathing, urinary retention, unusual swelling of the feet, or jaundice. These symptoms may require alterations to your dosage, frequency of administration, or immediate medical assistance in serious or life threatening cases to prevent further complications from occurring.
Belustine 40 (Lomustine) should not be used to treat patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, who are attempting to conceive, or who have celiac disease, a wheat allergy, severely reduced liver function, or low white blood cell or platelet counts. Also inform your physician if you have reduced kidney function or any hereditary blood disorders as these conditions may cause unexpected health complications requiring special alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Belustine 40 (Lomustine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.