What is CeeNU (Lomustine) used for?
CeeNU (Lomustine) is an oral medication prescribed to treat a wide variety of cancers. It operates by slowing or stopping the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. This action makes it useful for treating cancer affecting the kidney, skin, lungs, brain, bone marrow, stomach, cervix, ovaries, breasts, testicles, or lymph nodes. It is commonly used along with other procedures or medications to remove or destroy any remaining tumors or cells. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use CeeNU (Lomustine)?
Strictly follow your physician's instructions while using CeeNU (Lomustine) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The correct dosage will be determined by your physician based on the condition being treated, your health, symptoms, and response to previous treatments. The tablets should be swallowed whole and unaltered with a full glass of water on an empty stomach to reduce nausea. Never split, crush, or chew the tablets before use to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of CeeNU (Lomustine)?
Some patients using CeeNU (Lomustine) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
More serious symptoms that may require emergency medical attention are trouble breathing, chest pain, urinary retention, fever, sore throat, swelling of the extremities, sores appearing in the mouth, mood changes, increased thirst, or jaundice. Immediately inform your physician about any symptoms that are intense or worrying to you to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your treatment to prevent more complications from occurring.
CeeNU (Lomustine) should not be used to treat patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have severely decreased kidney function, coeliac disease, a wheat allergy, or low levels of white blood cells or platelets in the blood. Also disclose if you have porphyrias or decreased kidney or liver function as these conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring reduced dosages or other alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using CeeNU (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.