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Side Effects Of Arimidex

Side Effects Of Arimidex

What is anastrozole?

Anastrozole is a drug used to treat breast cancer in post-menopausal women (women who have gone through the menopause). Taken as a tablet once a day, it’s a type of hormone therapy (also known as endocrine therapy) and belongs to a group of drugs called aromatase inhibitors.

Anastrozole is the generic (non-branded) name of the drug. You may also hear it called Arimidex, which is its most well-known branded name, but there are a number of other brands of anastrozole that your doctor may prescribe. All brands contain the same dose of the drug.

Men with breast cancer may also be given anastrozole, although tamoxifen is more commonly used.

How does anastrozole work?

Some breast cancers are stimulated to grow by the hormone oestrogen. In women who have been through the menopause, oestrogen is no longer produced by the ovaries. But some oestrogen is still made in body fat using an enzyme (a type of protein) called aromatase. Aromatase inhibitors stop this enzyme from working so there’s less oestrogen in the body.

Anastrozole will only be prescribed if your breast cancer has receptors within the cell that bind to the hormone oestrogen, known as oestrogen receptor positive or ER+ breast cancer. All breast cancers are tested for oestrogen receptors using tissue from a biopsy or after surgery. When oestrogen binds to these receptors, it can stimulate the cancer to grow.

Side Effects

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

When is anastrozole prescribed?

Anastrozole is used to treat post-menopausal women with oestrogen receptor positive primary breast cancer. Taking anastrozole helps reduce the chance of breast cancer returning in the same breast or spreading somewhere else in the body. It can also reduce the chances of developing a new breast cancer in the same or opposite breast.

It’s usually given after surgery (known as adjuvant treatment) and following chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.

It can be used to treat breast cancer that comes back in the chest/breast area (known as local recurrence) or surrounding area (known as locally advanced or regional recurrence). It can also be prescribed if you are diagnosed with secondary breast cancer.

Anastrozole is not used on its own as a hormone treatment in pre-menopausal women because it’s not an effective treatment while the ovaries are still making oestrogen. But it’s sometimes given alongside another drug called goserelin which stops the ovaries from working.

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. Sometimes it may be possible to change to another hormone tablet.

What other drugs will affect anastrozole?

Anastrozole may not work as well if you take it together with an estrogen medication (such as hormone replacement therapy, estrogen creams, or birth control pills, injections, implants, skin patches, and vaginal rings). Before you start taking anastrozole, tell your doctor if you also take tamoxifen or estrogen.

Other drugs may interact with anastrozole, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

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