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Altretamine
(Hexylmethyl-melamine)

Altretamine (Hexalen)
Hexylmethylmelamine (Hexalen)
Altretamine
(all- TRET-ah-meen)
Pregnancy Category: D Hexalen (Rx)

Classification: Antineoplastic, miscellaneous

See Also: See also Antineoplastic Agents.

Action/Kinetics: The mechanism of action is unknown, although metabolism of the drug is required for cytotoxicity. Well absorbed following PO ingestion; undergoes rapid demethylation in the liver, yielding the principal metabolites-pentamethylmelamine and tetramethylmelamine. Peak plasma levels: 0.5-3 hr. t 1/2: 4.7-10.2 hr. Metabolites are excreted mainly through the kidney.

Uses: Used alone in the palliative treatment of persistent or recurrent ovarian cancer after first-line cisplatin- or alkylating agent-based combination therapy.

Contraindications: Preexisting bone marrow depression or severe neurologic toxicity, although the drug has been used safely in clients with preexisting cisplatin neuropathies. Lactation.

Special Concerns: Safety and effectiveness have not been determined in children. High daily doses may result in gradual onset of N&V.

Side Effects: GI: N&V (most common). Neurologic: Peripheral sensory neuropathy, fatigue, anorexia, seizures. CNS: Mood disorders, disorders of consciousness, ataxia, dizziness, vertigo. Hematologic: Leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, anemia. Miscellaneous: Hepatic toxicity skin rash, pruritus, alopecia.

Laboratory Test Alterations: Serum creatinine, BUN, alkaline phosphatase.

Drug Interactions: Use with MAO inhibitors may cause severe orthostatic hypotension, especially in clients over the age of 60 years.

How Supplied: Capsule: 50 mg

Dosage
?Capsules Ovarian cancer.
260 mg/m 2/day given either for 14 or 21 consecutive days in a 28-day cycle. The total daily dose is given as four divided doses PO after meals and at bedtime.

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