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Anastrozole

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Aromatase Inhibitor Arimidex® Cancer-related

Anastrozole - What is it for

​Anastrozole is used to treat breast cancer in post-menopausal women. It works by reducing the amount of estrogen, a hormone produced by your body.

Anastrozole - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Anastrozole cause?

  • Bone pain, joint pain, muscle ache
  • Hot flushes can sometimes occur
    If this persists, take your tablets at bedtime.
  • Osteoporosis
    Calcium supplementation can reduce or prevent bone thinning.
  • Tiredness and lack of energy
    If tiredness is a problem, do not drive a car or operate machinery. Avoid alcohol as it may make you feel more tired and drowsy.
  • Stomach discomfort, nausea
  • Increased blood cholesterol
  • Vaginal dryness may be worsened
    If this occurs, try using a water-based vaginal lubricant.

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Uncontrolled nausea, vomiting or diarrhea in the first few weeks of treatment
  • Skin rash
  • Hot flushes that are troublesome
  • Vaginal discomfort
  • Chest pain or rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Persistent headache

Before taking Anastrozole, what precautions must I follow?

  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding as Anastrozole should not be taken concurrently.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Anastrozole?

Anastrozole - Dosage and How to Use

How should Anastrozole be used?

It is a tablet taken by mouth, once daily, with or without food.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you miss a dose of Anastrozole, take it as soon as you can if it is within 12 hours of the missed dose. However, if more than 12 hours have passed, skip the missed dose and go back to your usual doing time. Do not double dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

If you overdose on this medication, inform your doctor immediately.

Anastrozole - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Anastrozole safely?

How should I store Anastrozole?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Anastrozole safely?

Anastrozole - Additional Information

  • Updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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