What is Arimidex (Anastrozole) used for?
Arimidex (Anastrozole) is used to help treat breast tumors in postmenopausal women. It contains the active ingredient anastrozole, which works by reducing the estrogen levels in the body. Estrogen is required for the tumor to grow. By reducing the levels of estrogen, this drug helps to treat the tumor. It is sometimes prescribed to patients who have seen their cancer progress, even after taking drugs such as tamoxifen.
How should I use Arimidex (Anastrozole)?
Arimidex (Anastrozole) tablets should be taken orally. Patients are sometimes directed to take one tablet daily. Treatment with this medication may take up to 5 years, and patients should continue to take this drug unless told not to by their physician. It is important to consult your physician before taking this medication, so that the correct amount required can be prescribed.
What are the side effects of Arimidex (Anastrozole)?
Arimidex (Anastrozole) has been known to cause side effects, including:
Patients should be aware that this drug may also cause other more serious side effects to occur. You should immediately consult your physician if you notice shortness of breath, persistent nausea, severe stomach pain, yellowing of the eyes or skin, swelling of the hands or feet, or problems balancing.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Arimidex (Anastrozole). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Pregnant women, or women who are breastfeeding should never take this medication.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.