Femara and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Femara 2.5mg and/or Equivalents||Act-Letrozole, Femara, Letrozole|
The enzyme aromatase activates androgens in our body to get converted into estrogens. These estrogens then bind to estrogen receptors which aid cells, especially cancer cells to divide rapidly. Femara is the trade name under which Letrozole an aromatase inhibitor is marketed. This drug reduces the production of estrogen and thereby deprives cancer cells of their food. Femara should be kept out of reach of children and pets and should be stored at 77°F protected from heat, moisture and direct sunlight. Femara is available in tablets of 2.5mg.
Conditions Treated by Femara
Femara or more specifically Letrozole is used to treat hormonally responsive breast cancer, after surgery, in postmenstrual women. This drug has also been used for ovarian simulation and also to promote spermatogenesis in males. Some athletes who use steroids take Femara as its anti-estrogen property reduces water retention and prevents bloating. It is also known to prevent certain side effects of anabolic steroids.
Femara Dosage Information
a.) Typical Recommended Dosage
Femara is an oral medication which should normally be taken once a day. A regular routine should be mentioned and as far as possible the tablet should be taken at the same time everyday. But it is always better to follow the advice of your doctor when using Femara as some doctors prescribe a dose of a tablet every alternate day for people suffering from liver problems.
b.) Missing a Dose
It is advisable not to miss a dose of Femara, but if you do miss a schedule then try to make it up as soon as you can but do not take an extra tablet if your next dose is due in a short time.
Taking an overdose of any drug is harmful. In case of an overdose of Femara contact your doctor immediately.
Femara is indicated for post-menopausal women so before starting your Femara treatment, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or may be pregnant prior to starting this treatment as Femara may harm the fetus. Do not breast feed while taking Femara as it might harm the baby. Femara might cause little nausea for which you can take anti-nausea medications but only under medical supervision and make sure that your meals are small and frequent.
Avoid exposure to the sun as far as possible. Use sun screen creams and wear protective clothing. Inform your doctor about any medicines, supplements or herbal preparations that you are using. Let him know if you are allergic to any food substances or medicines, especially Letrozole. Give him a detailed report of your health problems especially if you have any liver or kidney complaints, or high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiac problems or diabetes. Inform him about whether you have reached menopause or not and also if you are using any hormonal replacement therapy. Give him the complete history of your ailments so that he can prescribe the proper dosage of Femara. It will be beneficial if you can avoid drinking alcohol while using Femara.
Do not drive immediately after taking Femara. Get plenty of rest and eat healthy and nutritious food. Your doctor should be monitoring you regularly while you are using Femara especially testing your bone density and cholesterol levels. Femara is a specific drug for treating breast cancer in postmenopausal women so avoid using it before menopause. Children should never use this drug and utmost care should be taken while administering it to elderly people.
Femara Side Effects
The common side effects that you may experience while using Femara are headache, cough, diarrhea, indigestion, dizziness, pain in the limbs, back or breast, muscle pains, joint pains, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, hot flashes, loss of appetite, swelling of joints, loss or gain in weight, weakness, vaginal irritation or dryness, tiredness and sleeplessness. More serious effects include sudden and severe headaches, confusion, vision and speech problems, fainting, breathlessness, severe allergic reactions like hives, itching, swelling of the facial area, tight feeling of the chest, numbness, especially on one side of the body or the arms and legs, pain during urination, vaginal bleeding or discharge, severe body ache, unusual hoarseness and high fever. Immediate medical attention should be sought in case you experience any of the more severe side effects.
Possible Drug Interactions with Femara
It is known that Nolvadex (tomoxifen) interacts with Femara and reduces its effectiveness. Femara might interact with certain other medicines too. Your doctor will know in what way Femara interacts with other drugs and hence it is imperative to let him know if you are using any medicine even if it is a placebo.
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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.