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Aromatase Inhibitor Arimidex® Cancer-related

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 - Additional Information

  • Updated on 2/19/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • 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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