Consumer medicine information

CARMUSTINE JUNO

CARMUSTINE JUNO

Carmustine (kar-MUS-teen)


Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about CARMUSTINE JUNO®. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking CARMUSTINE JUNO against the benefits that are expected. This leaflet does not contain everything about CARMUSTINE JUNO. Your doctor has been provided with full information and can answer any questions you may have. Follow your doctor’s advice even if it differs from what is in this leaflet.

Please read this leaflet carefully and keep it in a safe place so you may refer to it later.

What CARMUSTINE JUNO is used for

CARMUSTINE JUNO is used to treat malignant glioma, a type of brain cancer, and multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood. It may also be used to treat other types of cancers called Hodgkin’s Disease and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas.

CARMUSTINE JUNO belongs to a group of medicines called cytotoxic medicines. You may also hear of these being called chemotherapy medicines. CARMUSTINE JUNO may be used in combination with other medicines to treat your cancer.

Your doctor may have prescribed CARMUSTINE JUNO for another use. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why CARMUSTINE JUNO was prescribed for you.

This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.

How CARMUSTINE JUNO works

CARMUSTINE JUNO works by killing cancer cells.

The use of CARMUSTINE JUNO to treat your condition can lead to side-effects, which are discussed below.

Before you are given CARMUSTINE JUNO

When you must not be given it

You must not have CARMUSTINE JUNO if you have a history ofsevere allergic reactions to CARMUSTINE JUNO or to any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.

Do not have CARMUSTINE JUNO if you have, or have had, any of the following medical conditions, unless you have discussed it with your doctor:

  • kidney problems
  • lung disease
  • blood disorder with a reduced number of white blood cells
  • blood disorder with a low blood platelet count
  • blood disorder with a decreased number of red blood cells
  • lowered immunity due to treatment with medicines such as corticosteroids, cyclosporin or other medicines used to treat cancer

Tell your doctor if you have an infection or high temperature. Your doctor may decide to delay your treatment until the infection has gone. A mild illness, such as a cold, is not usually a reason to delay treatment.

Females: tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Like most cytotoxic medicines, CARMUSTINE JUNO is not recommended for use during pregnancy. If there is any need to consider CARMUSTINE JUNO during your pregnancy, your doctor will discuss with you the benefits and risks of using it. CARMUSTINE JUNO may affect your developing baby if you take it during pregnancy.

Males: tell your doctor if your partner intends to become pregnant while you are using CARMUSTINE JUNO or shortly after you have stopped using CARMUSTINE JUNO.

You should use some kind of birth control while you are using CARMUSTINE JUNO and for at least 12 weeks after you stop using it. CARMUSTINE JUNO may cause birth defects if either the male or female is using it at the time of conception.

Do not breastfeed while using CARMUSTINE JUNO. It is not known whether CARMUSTINE JUNO passes into breast milk. Therefore there is a possibility that the breast-fed baby may be affected.

If you are not sure whether you should start having CARMUSTINE JUNO, talk to your doctor.

Before you are given it

Tell your doctor if you have allergies to:

  • any other medicines
  • any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes

Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:

  • liver problems
  • kidney problems
  • heart problems, including a heart attack
  • lung problems, including asthma
  • blood disorder with a reduced number of red or white blood cells
  • If you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
  • If you are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines and CARMUSTINE JUNO may interfere with each other. These medicines may be affected by CARMUSTINE JUNO, or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to have different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.

CARMUSTINE JUNO when used in combination with other medicines or radiation therapy may further depress your immune system.

Your doctor may have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while having CARMUSTINE JUNO.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start having CARMUSTINE JUNO.

While you are receiving CARMUSTINE JUNO

Things you must do:

  • Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while taking CARMUSTINE JUNO.
  • Tell all of the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking CARMUSTINE JUNO.
  • If you are about to be started on any new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking CARMUSTINE JUNO.
  • Be sure to keep all your doctor’s appointments so your progress can be checked. Your doctor may want to check your blood pressure and do some blood and other tests from time to time to check on your progress and detect any unwanted side effects.
  • Keep follow up appointments with your doctor. It is important to have your follow-up doses of CARMUSTINE JUNO at the appropriate times to get the best effects from your treatments. If you forget a hospital appointment immediately contact your doctor.

CARMUSTINE JUNO can lower the number of white blood cells and platelets in your blood. This means that you have an increased chance of getting an infection or bleeding. The following precautions should be taken to reduce your risk of infection or bleeding:

  • Avoid people who have infections. Check with your doctor immediately if you think you may be getting an infection, or if you get a fever, chills, cough, hoarse throat, lower back or side pain or find it painful or difficult to urinate.
  • Be careful when using a toothbrush, toothpick or dental floss. Your doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist may recommend other ways to clean your teeth and gums. Check with your doctor before having any dental work.
  • Be careful not to cut yourself when you are using sharp objects such as a razor or nail cutters.
  • Avoid contact sports or other situations where you may bruise or get injured.

Things you must not do:

  • Do not drink alcohol while taking CARMUSTINE JUNO. You may feel flushed or get headaches.

Things to be careful of:

  • As with other anticancer medicines, CARMUSTINE JUNO may cause nausea, dizziness or tiredness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to CARMUSTINE JUNO before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or tired. If this occurs do not drive. If you drink alcohol, dizziness or tiredness may be worse.

How CARMUSTINE JUNO is given

Your doctor will decide what dose of CARMUSTINE JUNO you will receive based in the characteristics of your cancer. The dose also depends on your condition and other factors, such as your weight, kidney function and other chemotherapy medicines you are being given. CARMUSTINE JUNO may be given alone or in combination with other drugs.

CARMUSTINE JUNO is administered as a slow infusion into your vein, over 1 to 2 hours. The infusion will be prepared and given in hospital by your doctor or nurse.

How long is CARMUSTINE JUNO given

CARMUSTINE JUNO is usually given every six weeks. This is called one cycle of chemotherapy. Your doctor will decide how many of these cycles you will need.

Several courses of CARMUSTINE JUNO therapy may be needed depending on your response to treatment.

Additional treatment may not be repeated until your blood cell numbers return to acceptable levels and any uncontrolled effects have been controlled.

Ask your doctor if you want to know more about the dose of CARMUSTINE JUNO you receive.

Overdose

As CARMUSTINE JUNO is given to you under the supervision of your doctor, it is very unlikely that you will receive too much. However, if you experience any side effects after being given CARMUSTINE JUNO, tell your doctor or nurse immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital. You may need urgent medical attention.

Symptoms of a CARMUSTINE JUNO overdose include the side effects listed below in the “Side Effects” section, but are usually of a more severe nature.

Side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are receiving CARMUSTINE JUNO.

Like all medicines, it is possible that CARMUSTINE JUNO may have unwanted side effects in some people. During treatment with CARMUSTINE JUNO you will require close medical supervision.

The more common side effects of CARMUSTINE JUNO are:

  • Suppression of your immune system; reduced white blood cells, reduced platelets, reduced red blood cells
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Lung toxicity
  • Respiratory disorders (lung related disorders) with breathing problems

Tell your doctor or nurse immediately or if you are not currently in hospital, go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:

  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as:
    – shortness of breath, wheezing, difficulty breathing or a tight feeling in your chest
    – swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
    – rash, itching, hives or flushed, red skin
    – dizziness or light headedness
  • Frequent infections, fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
  • Bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
  • Passing little or no urine, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting and breathlessness
  • Weakness, tiredness, loss of appetite, weight loss and stomach pain
  • Changes to vision or loss of sight
  • Shortness of breath, particularly with exertion, chronic dry, hacking coughing
  • Chest discomfort, irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of appetite and rapid weight loss
  • Pain, swelling or burning at the injection site

These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.

Product Description

CARMUSTINE JUNO is a pale yellow powder. Each CARMUSTINE JUNO 100mg amber vial comes with a clear vial containing the ethanol required for the preparation of the infusion.

Active ingredient: carmustine

Other ingredient: ethanol (required for preparation of the infusion)

Storage

CARMUSTINE JUNO will be stored in the pharmacy or on the hospital ward. The unopened vials of the dry powder will be stored under refrigeration.

Sponsored by

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (Australia) Pty Ltd
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Phone: 1800 733 397

Distributed by:

Juno Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd
Level 2, 6 Bond Street South Yarra,
VIC 3141

Registration Numbers

CARMUSTINE JUNO – Each carton contains a vial containing 100 mg carmustine and a clear glass vial containing 3 mL ethanol – AUST R 319034.

Where to get further information

Your doctor is the best person to answer any further questions you may have about CARMUSTINE JUNO. Anything your doctor tells you about CARMUSTINE JUNO should be followed even if it is different from what is in this leaflet.

This leaflet was prepared in November 2020.

Published by MIMS May 2021