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Anastrozole Side Effects Forum

Anastrozole Side Effects Forum

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,

Which women are considered at high risk?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, affecting around 50,000 women every year.

Some women are at higher risk of getting the disease, usually if they have a number of relatives with breast cancer, have had certain types of benign breast disease or have a high breast density.

This new study investigated whether anastrozole could be used to prevent breast cancer in post-menopausal women who have a higher than average risk of developing the disease.

In this trial, women had twice the risk of breast cancer compared to the general population.

How is anastrozole taken?

Anastrozole is a tablet (1mg) that you take once a day. It can be taken with or without food.

It’s best to take it at the same time every day. If you miss a dose, you don’t need to take an extra dose the next day as the level of drug in your body will remain high enough from the previous day. If for any reason you want to stop taking anastrozole it’s important that you talk to your specialist first. This is because not taking the drug for the recommended time means you may increase your risk of your breast cancer coming back.

Common side effects of anastrozole

Everyone reacts differently to drugs and some people have more side effects than others. For most people any side effects usually improve within the first few months of starting the treatment. However, if you have persistent side effects, tell your specialist team so they can help you manage these.

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