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Altretamine Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Altretamine has been studied extensively in clinical studies. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking altretamine were carefully documented. As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred and how often they appeared.
Based on these studies, possible altretamine side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Nausea and vomiting -- in up to 33 percent of people
  • Numbness, tingling, burning, or other unusual sensations, especially of the hands and feet -- up to 31 percent
  • Anemia (see Chemotherapy and Anemia) -- up to 33 percent
  • Low levels of platelets (see Blood Clotting Problems and Chemotherapy) -- up to 9 percent
  • An increase in certain liver enzymes -- up to 9 percent
  • Changes in how the kidneys function -- up to 9 percent
  • Low levels of white blood cells (see Chemotherapy and Infections) -- up to 5 percent
  • Loss of appetite -- up to 1 percent
  • Fatigue -- up to 1 percent.
Other rare but possible side effects, occurring in less than 1 percent of people, include:
  • Liver problems
  • Skin rash
  • Itching of the skin
  • Hair loss.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the altretamine side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking this drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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