Carmustine Side Effects
Common Side EffectsFor many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were reported in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including carmustine, includes only vague information on potential side effects, with no exact information on how frequently the reactions may occur. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how common the side effects of these medications may be.
Based on available information, some of the more common carmustine side effects may include:
- Nausea and vomiting (see Chemotherapy and Nausea)
- A decrease in white blood cells (see Chemotherapy and Infections)
- A decrease in platelets (see Blood Clotting Problems and Chemotherapy)
- Anemia (see Chemotherapy and Anemia)
- Lung problems
- Chest pain
- Low blood pressure (hypotension), which could cause dizziness or fainting
- Fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- Flushing (sudden redness and warmth in the face, neck, and chest area) or eye redness while receiving your infusion, especially if the infusion is given too quickly.
Final ThoughtsYou may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using carmustine or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.