Arimidex is an estrogen-lowering medication commonly used to treat post-menopausal women with breast cancer. It comes packaged as a pill, and should be swallowed whole with or without food. It also sells in its generic form, under the name Anastrozole. You will need a valid prescription to start taking it. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Conditions Treated by Arimidex
Arimidex is often prescribed to treated estrogen-dependent breast cancers in post-menopausal women. These types of cancers are fairly common in post-menopausal women, especially since menopause medications increase estrogen levels in the body. Arimidex works by significantly decreasing your estrogen production, which then reduces the amount that is available to supply cancerous tumors. In doing so, it should kill any existing cancer cells and allow you to heal.
Warnings for Arimidex
You should inform your doctor about any cardiovascular problems that you have before you start taking Arimidex. In addition, be sure to let them know whether you have a history of liver disease or osteoporosis. While taking the drug, it is important for you to watch for symptoms like slurred speech, headache, blurred vision, and numbness or weakness on one side of the body; these indicate that you are having a stroke and you should tell your doctor right away if they develop.
Arimidex interacts with many medications, including certain estrogen and cancer drugs, so these should be avoided during treatment. Failing to do so may result in lowered efficacy or more severe side effects; take them only if directed by your doctor.
Possible Side Effects of Arimidex
· Hot flashes
· Joint pain
· Nausea and vomiting
· Skin irritation
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