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Altrol 1 mg Tablet

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Overview

Uses of Altrol Tablet

Altrol Tablet side effects

Common
  • Headache
  • Hot flushes
  • Nausea
  • Skin rash
  • Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Weakness

How to use Altrol Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Altrol 1 mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Altrol Tablet works

Altrol 1 mg Tablet is an aromatase inhibitor. It works by lowering the amount of estrogen (natural female hormone) produced in the body. This can lower or stop the growth of some breast cancer cells that need estrogen to grow.

Altrol Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Altrol 1 mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
UNSAFE
Altrol 1 mg Tablet is unsafe to use during lactation. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby, or the mother is suffering from a condition in which breastfeeding is not advisable.
Driving
Altrol 1 mg Tablet may make you feel dizzy, sleepy, tired, or decrease alertness. If this happens, do not drive.
Kidney
Altrol 1 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Altrol 1 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Limited information is available on the use of Altrol 1 mg Tablet in these patients. No dose adjustment is recommended in patients with mild to moderate kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Altrol 1 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Altrol 1 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Limited information is available on the use of Altrol 1 mg Tablet in these patients. No dose adjustment is recommended in patients with mild to moderate liver disease.

What if you miss a dose of Altrol Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Altrol 1 mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Altrol 1 mg Tablet is used for the treatment of hormone dependent breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
  • Take it at the same time everyday.
  • It may cause weakness and sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • Nausea may occur on starting treatment with this medicine but should go away with time. If nausea is bothersome, take it after meal.
  • Your doctor may regularly check your Vitamin D level and bone mineral density and suggest supplements, if needed.
  • Do not take Altrol 1 mg Tablet if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Altrol

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I had a 1-2 Stage breast cancer and mastectomy was done for left breast in 2011. Earlier I was taking Tamoxifen Citrate 20mg. Now, prescribed Altraz 1mg. Which is better and can I continue with Tamoxifen as Altraz is too costly.
Dr. Vijay Sharnangat
Cancer Specialist
Why this tablet is changed, has your doctor told you about that why he is changing your medicines.
This query is for my mother. She was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 1 a couple of years back. It was thus treated with surgery followed by radiology. The doctor has since put her on anastrozole 1mg tablet daily for 5 years. She has been taking altraz 1mg by alkem laboratories since inception but now we have found a same salt medicine named elinal 1mg by emcure pharmaceuticals with same composition. Is elinal an equally effective medicine and can be taken in lieu of altraz? Reason for switching: elinal costs 80% less than altraz.
Dr. Megha Tuli
Gynaecologist
Hi PATIENT understand your concern. Emcee is a very good brand too. There is technically no difference in the two medicines. However I would suggest you verify with your treating doctor in this case because in case later something goes wrong in future, your doctor will only blame you that you checnged the medicine without consulting him and that is reason the patient has deteriorated. Cancer is known to be notorious. I have myself lost 2 very close family members to breast cancer. Do not take me wrong. I'm only asking you to verify with your doctor so that in future you face no problems in this account.
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FAQs

Q. What is Altrol and what is it used for?

Altrol contains a medicine called Anastrazole which is used to treat breast cancer in women who have gone through menopause.

Q. How and in what dose should I use Altrol?

Take it as per the advice of your doctor. The number of doses you take each day and the duration depends on your medical problem. Take your tablet at the same time every day to ensure consistent levels of medicine in your body. You can take it with or without food. Treatment with Altrol may be long term and you may require to take it for several years.

Q. What if I forget to take Altrol?

If you forget to take a dose of Altrol, skip it and take your next dose as usual. Do not take two doses at the same time to make up for the forgotten one.

Q. Can I stop taking Altrol?

Do not stop taking Altrol without talking to your doctor, even if you start to feel well.

Q. What are the common side effects of using Altrol?

Most common side effects of using Altrol are headaches, hot flushes, feeling sick, skin rash, loss of appetite, muscle, and joint pain, and osteoporosis (thinning of bone). If any of these side effects bother you, consult your doctor.

Q. Is Altrol better than Tamoxifen?

Anastrozole and tamoxifen are two different drugs with similar uses but different mechanism of action and so cannot be compared

Q. Does Altrol increase testosterone?

No, Anastrozole has no known effect on testosterone levels in the body.

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