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When and How to Use BiCNU

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with this drug include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a powder that is mixed with liquid and injected slowly through a needle inserted into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, infusion).
  • BiCNU is normally given by a trained healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic.
  • Your healthcare provider may give you other medicines to help prevent or lessen certain BiCNU side effects. Make sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions for taking these other medicines.
  • The BiCNU infusion is given slowly to prevent pain and burning at the injection site. It will take at least two hours to receive the entire dose.
  • Avoid getting this medication on your skin. Contact may cause irritation and temporary darkening of the area. If contact does occur, wash the area with soap and water.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. This medicine works best if received on schedule. However, you may need to delay or miss a dose due to side effects.

Dosing Information

The dose of BiCNU your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your height and weight
  • How you respond to and tolerate it
  • Other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click BiCNU Dosage for more information.)
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