Available as capsules, altretamine is taken to help relieve symptoms caused by ovarian cancer in adult women. The altretamine dosage you receive is highly individualized and will depend on a number of things, such as your height, your weight, and how you respond to the medication. If you develop significant side effects, you may need to take less or temporarily stop taking the medicine.
The dose of altretamine (Hexalen®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your height and weight
- How you respond to the medication
- Side effects you may experience.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
The usual recommended dosage of altretamine for treating ovarian cancer (cancer of the ovaries) is based on your body surface area, which is calculated using your height and weight. Altretamine is normally taken four times a day for 14 to 21 days in a row, followed by a 7- to 14-day break. You will not take any doses during this break.
If you experience certain altretamine side effects, such as persistent nausea and vomiting, low blood cell counts, or nerve problems, you may need to temporarily stop taking the medication. Once your symptoms improve, your healthcare provider may choose to restart altretamine at a lower dose.
Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with altretamine include the following:
- This medicine comes in the form of a capsule. It is normally taken by mouth four times a day.
- You should take your doses after meals and at bedtime.
- Try to take your doses at the same times each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
- For this drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking altretamine just because you feel better, unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage of altretamine, please talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.