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Anastrozole Breast Cancer

Anastrozole Breast Cancer

What Anastrozole tablets are and what they are used for

Anastrozole tablets contain a substance called anastrozole. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘aromatase inhibitors’. Anastrozole tablets are used to treat breast cancer in women who have gone through the menopause.

Anastrozole tablets work by cutting down the amount of the hormone called estrogen that your body makes. It does this by blocking a natural substance (an enzyme) in your body called ‘aromatase’.


Anastrozole is used to treat breast cancer in women after menopause. Some breast cancers are made to grow faster by a natural hormone called estrogen. Anastrozole decreases the amount of estrogen the body makes and helps to slow or reverse the growth of these breast cancers.

How it works

Anastrozole belongs to a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors. They block the production of estrogen, which is a key stimulator of breast cancer. A class of drugs refers to medications that work similarly. They have a similar chemical structure and are often used to treat similar conditions.

Side effects:

  • Headache
  • Hot flushes
  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Skin rash
  • Pain or stiffnessin your joints
  • Inflammation of the joints (arthritis)
  • Feeling weak
  • Bone loss (osteoporosis)

Anastrozole may interact with other medications

Anastrozole oral tablet can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.

To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Do not take Anastrozole tablets if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stop taking Anastrozole tablets if you become pregnant and talk to your doctor.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

Driving and using machines

Anastrozole tablets are not likely to affect your ability to drive or use any tools or machines. However, some people may occasionally feel weak or sleepy while taking Anastrozole tablets. If this happens to you, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Anastrozole tablets contain lactose

If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.

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