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Brand name: Gliadel

Gliadel is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) carmustine. On this page you will find out more about Gliadel, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: carmustine

Information for medicine and pack size:
Gliadel 7.7 mg implant, 8

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

GLIADEL is indicated in newly-diagnosed high-grade malignant glioma patients as an adjunct to surgery and radiation. GLIADEL is also indicated for use as an adjunct to surgery to prolong survival in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) for whom surgical resection is indicated.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Off white to pale yellow implant approximately 1.45cm in diameter and 1mm thick.
Dosage Form Implant
Route of administration Intracranial
Medicine schedule
8 implants: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Sachet
Storage temperature No information available
Storage conditions Store in a deep freeze
Life time 4 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Gliadel Implant - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

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Gliadel Implant (Carmustine) information | myVMC

Gliadel Implant is an anti-cancer treatment against myeloma and Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It contains carmustine, an alkylating agent.

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Carmustine is used in the palliative management, alone or in combination with other agents, of the following cancers: malignant glioma (type of brain tumour) multiple myeloma (often in combination with prednisone) Hodgkins disease Non-Hodgkins lymphoma The implantable preparation of Carmustine, Gliadel Implant, is used to prolong life in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (a malignant brain tumour) who have had surgery

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