Disease Information & Support


The Word:


Generic name Lomustine
Pronunciation loh-MUS-teen
Brand name(s), other common name(s) CeeNU®, CCNU
Drug type  DNA-damaging agent
How the drug is given By mouth

Lomustine is FDA approved as a secondary therapy in combination with other drugs to treat people with Hodgkin lymphoma who relapse while being treated with primary therapy or who fail to respond to primary therapy.

Side effects needing medical attention: Fever, chills or sore throat; unusual bleeding or bruising; infection; confusion; slurred speech; sores in mouth and on lips; swelling of feet or lower legs; unusual decrease in urination; unusual tiredness or weakness; yellowing of eyes and skin; cough or shortness of breath.

Side effects needing medical attention after stopping this medication: Fever, chills or sore throat; unusual bleeding or bruising; loss of appetite; nausea and vomiting (usually lasts less than 24 hours); darkening of skin; rash and itching or pinhead-sized red spots on skin; black, tarry stools; blood in urine or stools; cough or hoarseness; lower back or side pain; painful or difficult urination.


For information on how to manage the costs of drug therapy, please see Financial Matters and Prescription Drug Coverage, or to speak with an Information Specialist, call (800) 955-4572.

last updated on Monday, October 15, 2012