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long term side effects of anastrozole

Long term side effects of anastrozole

What is anastrozole?

Anastrozole is a prescription drug. It’s available as an oral tablet.

Anastrozole oral tablet is available as the brand-name drug Arimidex and as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, they may not be available in the same strengths or dosage forms as the brand-name version.

This drug may be used with other medications to treat breast cancer.

Serious side effects

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

Osteoporosis (bone thinning or weakness). Symptoms may include: pain in your back, neck, or hips

Higher cholesterol levels. This can lead to serious heart problems.

Skin reactions. Symptoms may include:

  • abnormal growth on your skin (lesion)
  • open sores (ulcers)
  • blisters
  • tickling, tingling, pain, coldness, or numbness in parts of your hand

Liver problems. Symptoms may include:

  • yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
  • pain on the right upper side of your stomach area
  • a general feeling of not being well

Arimidex and Alcohol

Both Arimidex and alcohol can cause nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. You should avoid or limit drinking alcohol while taking this drug.

Arimidex and Grapefruit

Both Arimidex and grapefruit slow the body's ability to process certain drugs. You should avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking Arimidex.

Warnings for people with certain health conditions

For people with osteoporosis: Anastrozole lowers the estrogen levels in your body, which may cause your bones to become weak or thin. This could worsen your osteoporosis and further increase your risk for fractures. Your doctor will check your bone mineral density before starting and during treatment with this drug.

For people with high cholesterol: This medication may increase your cholesterol levels. This can raise your risk of serious heart problems. You doctor will check your cholesterol levels while you’re taking anastrozole.

For people with heart disease: If you have a history of blockage in your heart arteries, anastrozole may cause low blood flow to your heart. Talk to your doctor to weigh the risks and benefits of taking this medication to treat your breast cancer.

For people with liver problems: Anastrozole may cause inflammation of your liver. This can worsen liver problems. Your doctor may check your liver function before and during treatment with this drug.

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