Arimidex (Anastrozole )
For women who have breast cancer and are postmenopausal, Arimidex may be prescribed to help slow or stop the growth
of cancer cells. This medication is intended to lower estrogen levels
because many cancer tumors need estrogen to grow. It may also be
prescribed for women that have not had success using tamoxifen.
doctor may use Arimidex to treat other medical conditions in addition to breast cancer. For instance, you can be
prescribed Arimidex as preventive treatment if you are at risk for breast cancer.
Arimidex comes in
tablet form to be taken by mouth, with or
Dosage: As with any drug take Arimidex only as
indicated on your prescription label. If there is any part that you
do not understand ask your doctor or pharmacist for an explanation.
Never be afraid to ask questions. You should know exactly what you
are taking and why. This medication comes in tablet form as is
intended to be taken by mouth. Usually you will take the tablet
once a day and can be taken with or without food. However, if you
notice your stomach is upset if taken on an empty stomach, then take with food. This medication should be taken as closely as possible at same time every
day. Take only as directed. Do not increase or decrease the dosage your doctor prescribes.
drug can be taken for several years or longer if needed. Do not
stop taking it without talking with your doctor just because you feel well.
your pharmacist will provide a copy of the manufacturer’s information for patients with your
prescription. It may well be worth your time to read this
is in pill form, overdose can occur during the treatment. In case you experience overdose symptoms, contact your
doctor or a local poison control center near you immediately. They will do what is necessary to eliminate or reduce
the symptoms, and avoid serious complications.
in case you
forget to take
Arimidex at the
recommended time, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it if it is not almost time for the nest dose. In
case it is time for the next dose, do not double it to recover the missing, it can be dangerous. Contact your
doctor or wait to go back to your regular schedule.
Contraindications/Precautions: Arimidex should not be used if you are
pregnant as it could harm your unborn baby. You may be asked to
take a pregnancy text before this drug is prescribed. Do not take
this drug if you are allergic to Anastrozole, if you are breast feeding, or if you have not completed
menopause. This drug is usually not used for men or
If you have heart disease, circulation problems, a history of blood clots or strokes, high cholesterol,
osteoporosis, severe liver disease, or low bone mineral density, tell your doctor.
Your doctor may already be
aware of a potential drug interaction and is monitoring you. Do not
stop taking your medication without speaking to your doctor first.
Very serious interactions may occur with estrogens or tamoxifen. If
you have not started taking Arimidex and are taking estrogens or tamoxifen, let your doctor know. Also let your doctor know of any nonprescription or herbal products you are
may not be the only drug interactions. Be sure to let your doctor
and pharmacist know all of the medication you are taking.
the beneficial effects of the drug, Arimidex tends to cause adverse effects in most patients. Fortunately, these
adverse effects tend to disappear when the body adjusts to the medication. The most common Arimidex side effects
hair thinning/hair loss
- persistent or frequent need to urinate
stomach pain and heartburn
- difficulty falling or staying
nausea and vomiting
bowel disorders – constipation or diarrhea
joint, bone, or muscle pain
mood changes or/and depression
Feeling of burning or tingling in your hands or feet.
cause serious side effects which require immediate medical attention; contact your doctor immediately if you
experience any of these symptoms:
swallowing or breathing
of the skin or eyes (Jaundice)
problems: ulcers, itching, rash, blisters, hives, etc.
problems such as bleeding, dryness or irritation
which can be accompanied with sore
throat and cough
of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs.
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