Side Effects of BiCNUJust like any chemotherapy medicine, BiCNU can cause side effects, some of which can be significant and potentially serious. In fact, most people will experience some type of side effect during treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this drug.
Common side effects of BiCNU include but are not limited to:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low white blood cell counts, which could increase the risk for infection
- Low platelet counts, which could increase the risk for bleeding
- Anemia (low red blood cells).
(Click BiCNU Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug InteractionsBiCNU may react with a number of other medicines (see BiCNU Drug Interactions).
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to receiving this medication if you have:
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Lung disease
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see BiCNU and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see BiCNU and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click BiCNU Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)