Altraz 1mg Tablet
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Altraz 1 mg tablet is an anti-cancer medicine containing Anastrozole as its active ingredient. It is used to treat advanced breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer found in female patients and is classified into various types. Altraz 1 mg tablets should be taken as instructed by your doctor. The dose and frequency will be decided by your doctor. Swallow it with a glass of water, after having your meals. You should not miss any dose or consume it more than what is recommended. Like many other medicines used in the treatment of cancer, Anastrozole also has side-effects like headache, nausea, thinning of hair and osteoporosis among many others. Contact your doctor immediately if you feel the side effects bother you or your condition worsens.
Uses of Altraz 1mg Tablet
Altraz 1 mg tablet is used in post-menopausal women to treat advanced breast cancer.
Contraindications of Altraz 1mg Tablet
If you are known to be allergic to Anastrozole or any of the excipients of Altraz 1 mg tablet. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. If you are a breast-feeding mother.
Side effects of Altraz 1mg Tablet
- Reduced appetite
- Excessive sleepiness
- Generalized weakness
- Skin rashes
- Hair thinning
- Joint stiffness, bone and joint pain
- Vagina dryness, vaginal bleeding
Precautions and Warnings of Altraz 1mg Tablet
Can I take Altraz 1 mg tablet during pregnancy?
Altraz 1 mg tablets should not be used in pregnancy, as there is limited information about its safety in human pregnancy. Consult a doctor before starting any medicine during pregnancy.
Can I take Altraz 1 mg tablet while breastfeeding?
It is unknown if Anastrozole passes into human milk. Hence, do not breastfeed while taking Altraz 1 mg tablets.
Can I drive if I have consumed Altraz 1 mg tablet?
Altraz 1 mg tablets have a negligible influence on the ability to drive. However, muscle weakness and sleepiness have been reported with the use of anastrozole and caution should be observed when driving if you are experiencing these symptoms.
Can I consume alcohol with Altraz 1 mg tablets?
It is advisable to avoid alcohol while on treatment with Altraz 1 mg tablet, as both lead to excessive sleepiness and liver damage in addition to nausea.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- You suffer from liver or kidney diseases, then Altraz 1 mg tablets should be used with caution.
- You have any disease that affects the strength of your bones.
- You are on a medication containing tamoxifen or estrogen.
- Your periods have not yet stopped and you have not yet gone through menopause. Your doctor might ask you to confirm your menopause by performing some blood tests if it cannot be clinically confirmed.
- The medicine may contain lactose and should be avoided if you are known to suffer from galactose intolerance.
- Altraz 1 mg tablets should not be used in children and adolescents.
Mode of Action of Altraz 1mg Tablet
How Does It Work?
Anastrozole in Altraz 1 mg tablet works by reducing the level of a natural female hormone known as estrogen that is produced in the body. Thus, stopping the growth of the cancer cells, which depend on estrogen for its growth.
Directions for Use of Altraz 1mg Tablet
Altraz 1 mg tablets should be consumed strictly as prescribed by your oncologist. The tablet should be taken with a glass of water, preferably post meals. Swallow it whole, do not cut, break or chew the tablet. Take it at a fixed time for optimal results. Do not consume it more than what is prescribed by your doctor.
Interactions of Altraz 1mg Tablet
Interactions with other medicines
- Altraz 1 mg tablets may interact with other medicines. Discuss with your doctor about all the medicines, supplements or herbal preparations you are taking. Also, inform your doctor if you have a planned surgery or a vaccination scheduled.read less
- It is advisable to avoid Tamoxifen, another medicine used to treat breast cancer or other estrogen-containing therapies while taking Altraz 1 mg tablets as it will reduce the effectiveness of medicines.read less
Interactions with food items
Altraz 1 mg tablets should be taken with or after having your meals.
Storage and disposal of Altraz 1mg Tablet
Store Altraz 1 mg tablets in a cool and dry place, protected from direct sunlight, moisture and heat. Keep it away from children and pets. Do not use expired or damaged medicines. Discard unused medicine properly, do not flush it in the toilet or throw it into the drain.
Dosage of Altraz 1mg Tablet
Altraz 1 mg tablet should be consumed strictly in the dose and frequency as prescribed by the doctor. In case of accidental overdose, consult your doctor immediately or visit a nearby hospital.
Missed a Dose
Missing a dose of Altraz 1 mg tablet may reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. If you missed any dose of medicine, then take it as soon as you remember. However, if it's time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dose schedule. Do not take a double dose of medicine to compensate for the missed one.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Can Altraz 1 mg tablets be used in men?
A: Altraz 1 mg tablet has been approved for use only in advanced breast cancer in post-menopausal women. However, various studies for using Anastrozole in older men with lower levels of testosterone are ongoing. Anastrozole has been found to improve Testosterone levels in adult males and help in increasing height in boys. Thus, studies on the use of Anastrozole to increase adult height in boys with early puberty are ongoing. Long-term efficacy and safety of the use of Anastrozole (and similar medicines) have not yet been established in males and their routine use is therefore not recommended.
Q: Why is Altraz 1 mg tablet used by men taking anabolic steroids?
A: Anabolic steroids are used by men interested in bodybuilding to increase their muscle mass and supposedly increase their performance and endurance in various athletic events. Anabolic steroids have a list of adverse effects on the athlete’s body and hence, its use is discouraged by the regulatory bodies of all sports. Among the various side effects, increased levels of estradiol are one of them, causing man boobs. Altraz 1 mg tablet is found to be useful in controlling this growth of breast tissue in males. However, since Altraz 1 mg tablet has its list of side effects, its use as that of anabolic steroids is not recommended in athletes.
Q: What is the ideal duration for Altraz therapy?
A: Approximately 5-years of therapy with the Altraz 1 mg tablet has been found to yield optimum results. However, the duration will depend on the response to treatment. Follow your doctor's instructions and do not stop taking this medicine on your own.
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Last Updated on: 20 Mar 2021 | 09:46 AM (IST)
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