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Anastrozole

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Arimidex®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Arimidex®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Arimidex
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antineoplastic Agent, Aromatase Inhibitor

    Uses
    • It is used to treat breast cancer in women after change of life.
    • Anastrozole stops estrogen from feeding estrogen-dependent cancer cells. This lowers the chance for spread of the cancer.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to anastrozole or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • If you have not stopped your period.

    Precautions

    • If you have any blood flow problems, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have high cholesterol or are taking a cholesterol-lowering drug, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have soft, brittle bones (osteoporosis), talk with your doctor.
    • Have a bone density test. Talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood pressure and heart rate checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Flushing. Wearing layers of clothes or summer clothes and staying in cool places may help.
    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Joint pain.
    • Not able to sleep.
    • Cough.
    • Sore throat.
    • High cholesterol level.
    • Vaginal yeast infection. Report itching or discharge.
    • Weak bones.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Chest pain or pressure.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Swelling or pain in the leg or arm.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Very loose stools.
    • Yellow skin or eyes.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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