Carmustine side effects, toxicity

What are the possible Carmustine side effects, liver and heart possible problems, Carmustine toxicity and allergic reactions, side effects.

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of your throat; difficulty breathing; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; or hives)
  • decreased bone marrow function and blood problems (extreme fatigue; unusual easy bruising or bleeding; black, bloody or tarry stools; or fever, chills, sore throat or signs of infection)
  • seizures, brain swelling, or brain infection (Gliadel wafers only)
  • shortness of breath or dry cough
  • abdominal pain or yellowing of the eyes or skin; or
  • little or no urine production

Other less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Talk to your doctor if you experience

  • nausea or vomiting
  • intense flushing of the skin and reddening of the eyes
  • redness, burning, or irritation at the injection site
  • headache; or
  • rash

In some cases, second cancers have been reported to occur during and following treatment with carmustine. Also, carmustine has been associated with the lung disorders pulmonary fibrosis. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medication.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

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