Adult: As a single dose of 150-200 mg/m2 or divided into doses of 75-100 mg/m2 given on 2 successive days. Doses are given via IV infusion over 1-2 hours. Doses may be repeated every 6 weeks provided that blood counts have returned to acceptable levels. Adjust subsequent doses based on haematological toxicity. Used in combination with prednisolone for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Used as secondary therapy (with other approved drugs) in the treatment of Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas.
Initially, reconstitute 100 mg of carmustine with 3 mL of supplied diluent, then further dilute with 27 mL of sterile water for injection, resulting to a 3.3 mg of carmustine in 10% alcohol. Further dilute for infusion with 500 mL 0.9% Na chloride for injection or 5% glucose for injection.
Hypersensitivity. Pregnancy and Lactation.
Patient with bone marrow suppression (e.g. thrombocytopenia, leucopenia), reduced lung function or pre-existing lung disease. Children.
Monitor CBC with differential and platelet count weekly for at least 6 weeks after a dose; pulmonary, renal, and hepatic function periodically. Implant: Monitor for seizures, impaired neurosurgical wound healing; signs and symptoms of meningitis, CNS infection, and obstruction hydrocephalus.
May enhance myelosuppressive effects with cimetidine. Increased risk of pulmonary toxicity with melphalan. Decreased antiepileptic activity of phenytoin. Decreased absorption of digoxin.
Description: Carmustine, a cell cycle non-specific antineoplastic agent belonging to nitrosourea group, interferes with the normal function of DNA and RNA by alkylation and cross-linking the strands of DNA and RNA, and by possible protein modification. It inhibits enzymatic processes by carbamoylation of amino acids in proteins. Pharmacokinetics: Distribution: Readily crosses the blood-brain barrier. Metabolism: Rapidly metabolised after IV administration. Excretion: Mainly via urine (approx 60-70%); lungs (approx 10%, as carbon dioxide). Elimination half-life: 15-75 minutes (IV).
Reconstituted solution for inj: Store intact vials between 2-8°C. Protect from light. Reconstituted solutions may be stored either between 2-8°C for 24 hours or at 25°C for 8 hours. Protect from light. Implant: Store at -20°C. Unopened foil pouches may be kept at 25°C for not more than 6 hours and may only be refrozen once. Refrozen foil pouches must be used within 30 days.
L01AD01 - carmustine ; Belongs to the class of alkylating agents, nitrosoureas. Used in the treatment of cancer.
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