Cantret is a brand-name medication manufactured by Natco Pharma Ltd. It is available in the form of capsules and contains the active ingredient Altretamine with a strength of 50 mg. Cantret is primarily used in the treatment of ovarian cancer.
Cantret is used in the treatment of ovarian cancer. It belongs to a class of medications known as alkylating agents, which work by interfering with the DNA synthesis in cancer cells, preventing them from growing and multiplying.
How to Use:
Cantret should be used as directed by a healthcare professional. The capsule should be taken orally with water, on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after a meal. It is important to take the medication at the same time each day to maintain a consistent level of the medication in the body. The dosage and duration of treatment will depend on the individual’s condition and response to the medication.
Cantret should be stored at room temperature (25°C) in a dry and dark place, away from direct sunlight and heat. It should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
Mechanism of Action:
Altretamine, the active ingredient in Cantret, works by interfering with the DNA synthesis in cancer cells, preventing them from growing and multiplying. This helps to slow down the growth and spread of ovarian cancer cells.
Before starting treatment with Cantret, it is important to inform a healthcare professional about any medical conditions or allergies. This medication may cause low blood cell counts, liver problems, or nerve damage, so regular blood tests may be required. It is also important for women taking Cantret to use appropriate contraceptive methods, as this medication can harm an unborn baby.
Cantret is contraindicated in individuals who are allergic to Altretamine or any other ingredients in the medication. It should not be used by pregnant women or individuals with severe bone marrow depression.
Cantret may interact with certain medications, including warfarin, phenytoin, and certain chemotherapy medications. It is important to inform a healthcare professional about all medications being taken before starting treatment with Cantret.
In case of an overdose of Cantret, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. The symptoms of an overdose may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood cell counts.
Common side effects of Cantret may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or fatigue. Some individuals may experience more serious side effects such as low blood cell counts, liver problems, or nerve damage. Any unusual or severe side effects should be reported to a healthcare professional promptly.