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Arimidex is also known as Anastrozole and can be prescribed to woman to treat breast cancer after menopause. Anastrozole helps decrease the overall amount of estrogen and can slow down breast cancer.
Take care to read all the paper work that was given to you by your pharmacist before taking the medication. Arimidex is taken orally with or without food typically once a day. It is important to take the medication at the same time each day to build of a routine and to ensure a even spread of medication in the body. You should take this regularly to ensure the best results, and never change or increase your dose, or take Arimidex longer than what is prescribed by your doctor.
Arimidex may have ingredients that could induce an allergic reaction. Speak with your doctor regarding known allergies before using this medication. Additionally you should consult your doctor about prior medical conditions relating to heart disease, bone loss, liver disease, high blood pressure, or blood clots. Disclose any medications or supplements you are taking to ensure there are no interactions while taking Arimidex.
You may feel dizzy while taking Arimidex. Do not operate heavy machinery or drive a vehicle until you know it is safe to do so. Avoid alcohol and cannabis as they can exasperate the dizzying effects. Speak with your doctor about the acceptable limits of these substances.
Arimidex can be absorbed by the skin. It is important that pregnant mothers do not handle this medication as it can effect the unborn baby.
Some side effects can include: constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, loss of appetite, body aches and pains (back pain, bone pain, joint pain or stiffness), breast swelling/tenderness/pain, headache, dry mouth, scratchy or sore throat, increased cough, dizziness, trouble sleeping (insomnia), tiredness, weakness, flushing and sweating (hot flashes/hot flushes), vaginal bleeding, hair thinning, weight changes, depression, mood changes, problems with your fingers while gripping, or numbness, tingling, cold feeling, or weakness in your hand or wrist.
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help managing any side effects that become too severe during your treatment with Arimidex
Q: Can I take Arimidex while pregnant?
A: You should not take Arimidex while pregnant, it can effect the unborn baby. There is not enough medical data to know if this this medication can pass into the breast milk of a nursing mother. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before using this medication while breast feeding.
Q: How should I store Arimidex?
A: This should be stored at room temperature away from children, pets, and woman who are pregnant. Never dispose this medication in wastewater. If you are unsure of how to safely dispose unwanted or expired medications speak with your local pharmacist for disposal options.
Q: What if I miss a dose?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your missed does is close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose to avoid double dosing.
Q: I have not gone through menopause yet, is this still something I can take?
A: Anastrozole is most commonly used by woman after menopause. If you have not entered menopause you should speak with your doctor concerning these circumstances to understand what risks are involved.
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