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Side Effects Of Anastrozole 1Mg

Side Effects Of Anastrozole 1Mg

Serious side effects

If you get any of the following serious side effects, call an ambulance or see a doctor straight away - you may need urgent medical treatment.

  • An extremely severe skin reaction with ulcers or blisters on the skin. This is known as ‘Stevens-Johnson syndrome’. Very rare (may affect less than 1 person in 10,000 people);
  • Allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions with swelling of the throat that may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing. This is known as ‘angioedema’. Very rare (may affect less than 1 person in 10,000 people);

Rare side effects

  • Rare inflammation of your skin that may include red patches or blisters
  • Skin rash caused by hypersensitivity (this can be from allergic or anaphylactoid reaction)
  • Inflammation of the small blood vessels causing red or purple colouring of the skin. Very rarely symptoms of joint, stomach, and kidney pain may occur; this is known as ‘Henoch-Schönlein purpura’

How anastrozole works

Hormones are substances produced naturally in the body. They act as chemical messengers and help control the activity of cells and organs. Hormonal therapies are drugs that interfere with the way hormones are made or how they work in the body.

Many breast cancers rely on the hormone oestrogen to grow. This type of breast cancer is called oestrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive) breast cancer.

When anastrozole is given

Anastrozole is used to treat breast cancer in women who have been through the menopause. Sometimes it is used to treat breast cancer in men.

Anastrozole may be used after other treatments to reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back.

It is also used to control breast cancer that has come back or spread to other parts of the body (known as secondary breast cancer).

Your doctor or nurse will explain why you are having anastrozole and how long you will take it for.

How long will I have to take anastrozole?

In primary breast cancer, if you take anastrozole as your only hormone therapy you will usually take it for five years. Some people may be recommended to take anastrozole for five years after completing five years of tamoxifen (ten years of hormone therapy in total).

It can also be taken for two to three years following two to three years of tamoxifen (five years of hormone therapy in total).

How to store

Keep this medicine out of sight and reach of children. Keep your tablets in a safe place where children cannot see or reach them. Your tablets could harm them.

This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and blister after ‘EXP’. The first two digits indicate the month and the last four digits indicate the year. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

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