Although BiCNU® (carmustine) can be an effective form of chemotherapy treatment for many people, this drug is not appropriate for everyone. This medication is associated with potentially serious complications, so it is important to discuss the safety precautions with your healthcare provider.
The active ingredient in this drug, bis-chloroethylnitrosourea (BCNU), can cause toxicity if too much is given. Although an overdose of the drug is unlikely to occur because it is given by a healthcare provider, it is possible that he or she may miscalculate your dosage. Because BiCNU can cause significantly low blood cell counts, a toxic amount of this drug may lead to complications such as:
- Anemia due to low red blood cells
- Infections due to low white blood cells
- Bleeding due to low platelets.
(Click BiCNU Warnings and Precautions for more symptoms to watch out for and tips on how to reduce your risk for developing potentially serious complications while receiving BiCNU.)