Generic Name: altretamine
Brand Name: Hexalen
Drug Class: Antineoplastics, Alkylating
What is altretamine, and what is it used for?
What are the side effects of altretamine?
Common side effects are:
What is the dosage for altretamine?
The dose of altretamine is 260 mg/square meter/day. Altretamine may be taken either for 14 or 21 consecutive days as part of one or more 28 day cycles. The total daily dose generally is split into four oral doses, one oral dose after each meal and at bedtime.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
What else should I know about altretamine?
What preparations of altretamine are available?
Capsules of 50 mg.
How should I keep altretamine stored?
Capsules should be stored at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).
White blood cell counts and platelet counts may drop with altretamine treatment, increasing the risk of infection and bleeding, respectively.
Altretamine is an oral medication prescribed for the treatment of ovarian cancer. Common side effects are nausea and vomiting, peripheral neuropathy, and central nervous system symptoms (mood disorders, disorders of consciousness, ataxia), dizziness, and vertigo. Consult your doctor if pregnant. Do not take if breastfeeding.
Related Disease Conditions
Cancer is a disease caused by an abnormal growth of cells, also called malignancy. It is a group of 100 different diseases, and is not contagious. Cancer can be treated through chemotherapy, a treatment of drugs that destroy cancer cells.
Lung cancer kills more men and women than any other form of cancer. Eight out of 10 lung cancers are due to tobacco smoke. Lung cancers are classified as either small-cell or non-small-cell lung cancers.
There are many types of ovarian cancer, epithelial carcinoma is the most common. Women with a family history of ovarian cancer have an increased risk of developing the disease. Some ovarian cancer symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and abnormal vaginal bleeding, however, they usually do not present until the disease has progressed. Early diagnosis is important for successful treatment.
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