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
- liver, lung, or kidney damage
- secondary cancer