What is Arimidex?
lowers estrogen levels in postmenopausal women, which may slow the growth of certain types of breast tumors that need estrogen to grow in the body.Arimidex is used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women.Arimidex is often given to women whose cancer has progressed even after taking tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Soltamox)
How should I take Arimidex?
Take Arimidex exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets.
Arimidex is usually taken once per day. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
You may take Arimidex with or without food.
You may need to keep taking this medication for up to 5 years. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
-Adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer;
-First-line treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive or hormone receptor unknown locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer;
-Second-line treatment of advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women with disease progression following tamoxifen therapy.
Arimidex side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Arimidex (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling).
Anastrozole may decrease blood flow to your heart, especially if you have ever had coronary artery disease (clogged arteries). Seek medical attention if you have new or worsening chest pain, or if you feel short of breath.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, rapid weight gain;
numbness, prickly feeling, pain, or weakness in your hands or wrists;
symptoms of bone fracture - bruising, swelling, tenderness, pain that worsens with movement;
liver problems - right-sided upper stomach pain, yellowing of your skin or eyes, and not feeling well; or
signs of a stroke - sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance.