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Anastrozole Uses

Anastrozole Uses

Anastrozole

Anastrozole is used with other treatments, such as surgery or radiation, to treat early breast cancer in women who have experienced menopause (change of life; end of monthly menstrual periods). This medication is also used in women, who have experienced menopause, as a first treatment of breast cancer that has spread within the breast or to other areas of the body. This medication is also used to treat breast cancer in women whose breast cancer has worsened after taking tamoxifen (Nolvadex). Anastrozole is in a class of medications called nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitors. It works by decreasing the amount of estrogen the body makes. This can slow or stop the growth of many types of breast cancer cells that need estrogen to grow.

How should this medicine be used?

Anastrozole comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day with or without food. Take anastrozole at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take anastrozole exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

You may need to take anastrozole for several years or longer. Continue to take anastrozole even if you feel well. Do not stop taking anastrozole without talking to your doctor.

Uses

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 to use Anastrozole

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking anastrozole and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once a day.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not use anastrozole if you:

  • are allergic to anastrozole or any ingredients of the medication
  • are allergic to any other aromatase inhibitor medications (e.g., letrozole, exemestane)
  • are breast-feeding
  • are pregnant

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Anastrozole tablets:

  • if you still have menstrual periods and have not yet gone through the menopause.
  • if you are taking a medicine that contains tamoxifen or medicines that contain estrogen (see the section called ‘Other medicines and Anastrozole tablets ’).
  • if you have ever had a condition that affects the strength of your bones (osteoporosis).
  • if you have problems with your liver or kidneys.

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