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Anastrozole is an off-white powder that is administered in tablet
Anastrozole. There is lactose in the Arimidex tablet - if milk products
usually give you diarrhea (lactose intolerance), the lactose in
the tablet may causing this effect. Take Lactaid® just before
your anastrozole dose.
Anastrozole is used to reduce the amount of circulating estrogen
produced by the action of aromatase in post-menopausal women.
This drug can cause harm to the fetus if taken while pregnant.
Effects: You may experience some side effects such as
flu like symptoms, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, skin rash, hot
flashes, vaginal dryness and discomfort, swelling of your hands,
feet or lower legs, sinusitis, bronchitis, rhinitis, dizziness,
moodiness or depression, anemia, an abnormal decrease of white blood
cells and general aches and pains. Contact your health care provider
if any of these side effects are severe or cause you discomfort
early breast cancer the most common side effects include hot flashes,
joint symptoms, weakness, mood changes, pain, sore throat, nausea
and vomiting, depression, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, swelling
of arms/legs and headache. Fractures (including fractures of the
spine, hip, and wrist) occurred more frequently with arimidex than
with tamoxifen (10% vs 7%).
women have little or no nausea, but if nausea is a problem take
your anastrozole after eating.
flashes (sudden sweating and feelings of warmth) may occur when
you first start taking anastrozole. It will usually subside as you
adjust to the medication. If hot flashes are a problem take your
anastrozole at bedtime. If night sweats disturb your sleep, try
taking your medicine in the morning.
fatigue (tiredness and lack of energy) is a problem do not drive
a car or operate machinery if you are feeling tired. Avoid alcohol
which may make you feel more drowsy.
diarrhea is a problem after trying Lactaid®, avoid high fiber
foods such as bran, whole grain breads and cereals, nuts, raw fruits
and raw vegetables.
dryness may be worsened by anastrozole. If it is a problem try using
a water-based vaginal lubricant.
to severe headaches may occur. These can be treated with mild analgesics.
Check with your doctor to make sure that any over the counter medication
will not interact with other medications that you are taking.
drug does not cause you to lose your hair, but if hair thinning
occurs use a gentle baby shampoo and soft brush. Avoid hair spray,
dyes, perms or any other chemicals that may damage your hair.
advanced breast cancer the most common side effects include hot
flashes, nausea, decreased energy and weakness, pain, back pain,
bone pain, and increased cough. Joint pain/stiffness has been reported
in association with the use of this drug.
should not be taken with tamoxifen or estrogen-containing therapies.
to Drug Index
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made with your team of medical
professionals and prescriptions must be given by your doctor.