- Cantret (Altretamine) by Natco is generic version of Hexalen.
- Cantert comes in 50 mg Capsule form .
- Generic Hexalen
What is Cantret (Altretamine)?
- Altretamine is a cancer (antineoplastic) medication. Altretamine
interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and
spread in the body.
- Altretamine is used to treat cancer of the ovaries.
- Altretamine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in
this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should
know about Cantret (altretamine)?
Altretamine should only be administered under the
supervision of a qualified healthcare provider experienced in the use of
cancer chemotherapeutic agents.
Serious side effects have been reported with the use of altretamine
allergic reactions (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling
of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); decreased bone marrow function and
blood problems (extreme fatigue; easy bruising or bleeding; black, bloody or
tarry stools; fever or chills; or signs of infection such as fever; chills,
or sore throat); neurologic problems (mood disorders, altered consciousness,
weakness, dizziness, vertigo); and others. Talk to your doctor about the
possible side effects from treatment with altretamine.
What should I discuss with my healthcare
provider before taking Cantret (altretamine)?
Before taking altretamine, tell your doctor if
Altretamine is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that altretamine
is known to cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not take altretamine
without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become
pregnant during treatment. Contraceptive measures are recommended during
treatment with altretamine. It is not known whether altretamine passes into
breast milk. Do not take altretamine without first talking to your doctor if
you are breast feeding a baby.
How should I take Cantret (altretamine)?
- Take altretamine exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not
understand these instructions, as your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to
explain them to you.
- Your doctor will determine the correct amount and frequency of
treatment with altretamine depending upon the cancer being treated and
other factors. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns
regarding the treatment schedule. Altretamine is usually taken four
times a day, after meals and at bedtime. Take each oral dose with a
large glass of water.
- Your doctor will probably want you to have regularly scheduled blood
tests and other medical evaluations during treatment with altretamine to
monitor progress and side effects.
- Store altretamine capsules at room temperature away from heat and
moisture. Keep this product out of the reach of children.
Note: Cantret is a prescription drug and should
be used under proper medical guidance and advice.
Do not share the medicine with others, since they may be suffering from a
problem that is not effectively treated by this drug.