|Cantret (Altretamine) by Natco is generic version of Hexalen. |
Cantert comes in 50 mg Capsule form .
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 including:
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 you have:
You may not be able to take altretamine, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
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.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Contact your doctor if you miss a dose of altretamine.
What happens if I overdose?
If for any reason an overdose of altretamine is suspected, seek emergency medical attention or contact your healthcare provider immediately. Symptoms of an altretamine overdose tend to be similar to side effects caused by the medication, although often more severe.
Pemnat contains pemetrexed and belongs to a class of medications called antifolate antineoplastic agents.
pemnat may also be used for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSLC). pemnat is used with for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (a type of cancer that affects the inside lining of the chest cavity) who cannot be treated with surgery.
Mechanism of action
pemnat interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.
pemnat is available as 100mg, 500mg single dose vial.
Symptoms of overdose associated with pemnat may include rash, flu symptoms, sores and/or redness in the mouth or throat or on the lips, unusual bleeding or bruising, sore throat, fever, chills, cough or other signs of infection, extreme tiredness, weakness, pale skin, body ache, dizziness, confusion, fast heartbeat, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, severe diarrhea.
Precautions & Warnings
pemnat should not be taken without consulting your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, bone marrow suppression, a weak immune system, excess fluid in the space around your lung, liver, or other internal organs, including pleural effusion (fluid around the lungs) or ascites (fluid around the liver).you will have to take folic acid and vitamin b-12 during your treatment with pemnat to protect your stomach, blood cells, and bone marrow from the side effects of pemnat. You will need to start taking them a week before receiving your first pemnat infusion, and will keep taking them for 3 weeks after your treatment ends.
Do not take pemnat if you are allergic to it or to any ingredient in pemnat. Pemnat may cause allergic reactions such as hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Do not take pemnat without consulting your doctor if you are pregnant. Discuss with your doctor the appropriate use of birth control during treatment with pemnat. It is not known whether pemnat passes into breast milk. Do not take pemnat without first talking to your doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
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