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Altretamine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Altretamine

Generic Name : Altretamine
Pronunciation : ahl-TRETT-uh-meen
Latest prescription information about Altretamine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.

Trade Names/Brand Names of Altretamine

India- Cantret.
International- Hexalen.

Why is Altretamine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antineoplastic alkylating agent, prescribed for certain types of cancer such as ovarian cancer. It slows the cancer cells growth.


When should Altretamine not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with preexisting severe bone marrow depression, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Altretamine?

Adult- PO- It may be administered either for 14 or 21 consecutive days in a 28 day cycle at a dose of 260 mg/m/day.

How should Altretamine be taken?

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with food and at bedtime.

What are the warnings and precautions for Altretamine?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of bone marrow cancer, bone marrow depression, decrease in white blood cells, liver problem, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may reduce platelet counts; avoid injury or bruising.

What are the side effects of Altretamine?

   Central Nervous System : Mood disorders, loss of consciousness, incoordination, dizziness and fainting.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea and vomiting.
   Blood : Bone marrow depression.
   Genitourinary : BUN- Blood urea nitrogen.

What are the other precautions for Altretamine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Altretamine?

Store it at room temperature (25C).

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