How does this medicine work?

Lomustine (low-mus-teen) destroys cancer cells in all phases of cell life.

How is the medicine given?

Lomustine comes in capsule form. It is usually given once every 6 to 8 weeks in the hospital or clinic. To make up a proper dose, capsules in up to 3 different strengths may be given.

Are there any precautions about food or other medicines?

Lomustine should be taken on an empty stomach to reduce nausea and to help the body absorb and use it.

Check with the doctor before giving any other prescription or non-prescription medicines, herbs, or vitamins.

What are the side effects?


  • low blood cell counts


  • nausea, vomiting
  • loss of appetite for several days after the nausea and vomiting
  • hair loss
  • mouth sores


  • confusion
  • liver, lung, or kidney damage
  • secondary cancer

When should I call the clinic?

Call hematology helpline 982403210 if:

  • fever, chills
  • sore throat
  • mouth sores
  • unusual bruising or bleeding
  • shortness of breath
  • dry cough
  • continued vomiting
  • swelling of feet or lower legs
  • confusion
  • trouble breathing (call 112)

What else do I need to know?

All caregivers should wear gloves when handling urine, stool, and vomit while your child is receiving the chemotherapy and for 48 hours afterward. Urine, stool, and vomit can be safely disposed of in septic tanks and the sewer system.

Blood counts are lowest at 4 to 6 weeks after the medicine is given.

You and your child should know the names of all the medicines he or she is taking. It is important to share this information with anyone involved in your child’s care.


This sheet is not specific to your child but provides general information. If you have any questions, please call:

Hematology Clinic
3rd floor, Kedar
Opp.Krupa Petrol Pump,
Parimal Garden, Ambawadi
Clinic: 07926463219
Whattsapp: 8238065890