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Carmustine Intracranial Implant

Generic Name: Carmustine Intracranial Implant (kar MUS teen)
Brand Name: Gliadel

Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

Uses of Carmustine Intracranial Implant:

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  • It is used to treat brain cancer.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Carmustine Intracranial Implant?

  • If you have an allergy to carmustine or any other part of carmustine intracranial implant.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take carmustine intracranial implant.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take carmustine intracranial implant with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Carmustine Intracranial Implant?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take carmustine intracranial implant. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • This medicine may affect being able to father a child. Talk with the doctor.
  • This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
  • This medicine is not approved for use in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking carmustine intracranial implant.
  • If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking carmustine intracranial implant, call your doctor right away.

How is this medicine (Carmustine Intracranial Implant) best taken?

Use carmustine intracranial implant as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • This medicine is placed in the brain during surgery.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Chest pain.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
  • If seizures are new or worse after starting carmustine intracranial implant.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Neck stiffness.
  • A wound that does not heal.
  • Low mood (depression).
  • Fever or chills.
  • Pain when passing urine.

What are some other side effects of Carmustine Intracranial Implant?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Hard stools (constipation).
  • Belly pain.
  • Back pain.
  • Feeling tired or weak.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Carmustine Intracranial Implant?

  • If you need to store carmustine intracranial implant at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about carmustine intracranial implant, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.