Because altretamine can cause blood problems (eg, bone marrow suppression, thrombocytopenia), blood tests must be done before starting Hexalen and at least once a month thereafter. Hexalen can also cause nervous system problems; therefore, nervous system tests must be done during treatment with this drug. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop signs of blood disorders or nervous system problems such as persistent fever or sore throat, easy bruising or bleeding, loss of coordination, mood changes, dizziness, or tingling of the hands or feet.
Treating certain types of cancer.
Hexalen is an antineoplastic alkylating agent. It is unknown exactly how Hexalen works.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Hexalen . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Hexalen may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Hexalen as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Hexalen .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Nausea; vomiting.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); cough; difficulty walking; dizziness; fever or chills; loss of coordination; mood changes; sores on the mouth or lips; sore throat; tingling or numbness of the hands or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Hexalen :
Store Hexalen at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Hexalen out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Hexalen . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.