Arimidex and/or Equivalents
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|Arimidex 1mg and/or Equivalents||Anastrozole, Arimidex|
Arimidex reduces the production of estrogen in the body. Lowering the levels of the hormone down in postmenopausal women helps curbs the growth of certain breast tumours, which require estrogen for their growth. Arimidex is normally prescribed to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women, even when the cancer has reached an advanced stage. Even if treatment has begun with Soltamax or Nolvadex,(tamoxifen) and the cancer progressed Arimidex may be used. Research has proven that with Arimidex treatment you can stay cancer free at a higher rate than with Nolvadex (tamoxifen) or Soltamax.
Arimidex does not terminate cancer cells, as in ‘kill’ them, it only stops or retards their growth. After menopause, estrogen is made in the fat cells of the body, as opposed to the ovaries in younger women. With this change in estrogen production in certain cases it can promote the growth of some cancer cells.
Conditions Treated By Arimidex
Arimidex is indicated for the treatment of hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It has been observed that patients with ER negative breast cancer and patients, who have not responded to treatment with tamoxifen, responded to Arimidex with greater efficiency. Anastrozole is one of the most commonly prescribed medications to prevent the reappearance of early-stage breast cancer. It is possible to change your therapy from tamoxifen to Arimidex, which can also reduce severe side effects.
Arimidex Dosage Information
a.) Typical Dosage Recommendation
The normal dosage administered is 1mg tablet every day. For treatment of women diagnosed with early breast cancer, the duration of the course is unknown, but for the treatment of women with advanced breast cancer, it is advised to carry on with the course until the tumor terminates. Armidex is usually taken once per day, and might have to continue with it for as long as 5 years.
b.) Missed dose
Take the missed dose as soon as it crosses your mind. If it is almost time for the next dose, forget about the missed dose and take the new one. Do not take extra doses to make up for the missed dose.
You should seek immediate medical advice if you have taken an overdose of Arimidex, since the symptoms are still unknown.
Arimidex is not recommended if you are pregnant, since this belongs to FDA pregnancy category D and can harm to the unborn fetus. Armidex can also harm your baby if you take it while you are breast feeding. It is advised to let your physician know if you are planning to start a family, before they prescribe Arimidex for you, and use effective birth control.
Arimidex is strictly for postmenopausal women, and do not take it to treat breast cancer if you have not attained menopause. Other conditions during which you should not take Arimidex include heart diseases, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, or any other allergic reactions, like those rising from preservatives, dyes etc.
A dose adjustment is likely to be required and administered, if you have any of the following underlying conditions, circulation trouble, a history of stroke or blood clot, liver disorders, or unattained menopause. Like most other medicines that curb the production of estrogen in the body, Arimidex can lead to osteoporosis, which results in bones being extremely fragile and brittle. If you already have a history of osteoporosis, consult with your physician.
Arimidex Side Effects
Arimidex side effects have been observed to be lesser prominent than those in Tamoxifen. However, usual discomfort prevails. Arimidex side effects include.
- Disposition swings
- Head aches
- Hot flashes
- Joint pain
- Sore throat
The above being the most commonly spotted side effects, it has been observed that Hot flashes are rather common in most women, closely followed by nausea, fatigue and mood swings. A minor portion of people also suffer from back pain, breathing difficulties, cough, slight withering away of bones indicating osteoporosis, swelling in the arm or leg, abdominal pain, breast pain, and loss of appetite.
Possible Drug Interactions with Armidex
Harmful interactions are prone to occur if Arimdex is combined with certain other medications, like Hormone Replacement Therapy containing estrogen such as: Premarin (conjugated estrogen) or similar products such as Prempro (conjugated estrogen/medroxyprogesterone), Menest (estrogens,esterified), and Cenestin (conjugated estrogen). The whole point of taking Arimidex is to reduce the growth of estrogen in your body. Oral contraceptives should not be used as an effective method of birth control. This medication can also interact with Coumadin (warfarin). Most importantly, discuss with your physician about the interactions of all other prescription, supplements, vitamins or over that counter medications you are taking.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.