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Anastrozole Side Effects

Anastrozole Side Effects

About Anastrozole

Anastrozole is a breast cancer medication. Given alone or in combination with other treatments, such as surgery or radiation, anastrozole is used to treat early-stage breast cancer in postmenopausal women. This medication may also be given to postmenopausal women as a first treatment for breast cancer that has spread either within the breast or elsewhere in the body. It may also be a treatment option for women whose breast cancer has progressed after treatment with tamoxifen. Less commonly, anastrozole may be used to prevent breast cancer in women who are at high risk of developing this disease.

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.

In postmenopausal women, an enzyme called aromatase changes hormones called androgens into the hormone estrogen. Many breast cancer tumors grow when estrogen is present. Anastrozole stops aromatase from working. This lowers the amount of estrogen in your body and in the cancer tissue

Arimidex Side Effects Center

Arimidex (anastrozole) is a non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Arimidex is often given to women whose cancer has progressed even after taking tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Soltamox). Arimidex is available in generic form. Common side effects of Arimidex include:

  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • upset stomach
  • loss of appetite
  • body aches and pains (back pain, bone pain, joint pain or stiffness)
  • breast swelling/tenderness/pain
  • headache
  • dry mouth
  • scratchy or sore throat
  • increased cough
  • dizziness

Arimidex for Men

Arimidex is sometimes used to treat male breast cancer, but it has not been well studied in men.

Arimidex been studied for use by infertile men to balance testosterone levels and maintain a healthy sperm count.

Some male athletes and bodybuilders who take anabolic steroids to build muscle also take Arimidex to reduce the estrogen production that is a side effect of steroid use.

An increase in estrogen levels is responsible for the female characteristics-a high-pitched voice, shrinking of the testicles or penis, and breast enlargement-that occur in bodybuilders who take steroids.

Arimidex Dosage

Arimidex comes as 1 milligram (mg) tablets and is usually taken once a day for cancer.

If you're a woman taking Arimidex for infertility, your doctor may prescribe 1 mg to 5 mg for up to five days, beginning on the third day of your period.

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