WHAT IS ARIMIDEX ?
Arimidex 1mg lowers estrogen levels in postmenopausal women, which may slow the growth of certain types of breast tumors that need estrogen to grow in the body. This medication is classified as a "non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor"
MEDICINE USES :
Anastrozole is used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It is often given to women whose cancer has progressed even after taking tamoxifen . It is an aromatase inhibitor. This means it blocks the enzyme aromatase (found in the body's muscle, skin, breast and fat), which is used to convert androgens (hormones produced by the adrenal glands) into estrogens. Tumor cells dependent on estrogens grow less when there is no estrogen.
ANASTROZOLE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS :
weakness, hot flashes; numbness or tingly feeling in your skin; swelling in your ankles or feet; joint pain or stiffness, problems with your fingers while gripping; sore throat, headache, back pain, bone pain; depression, mood changes, sleep problems (insomnia); high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears); nausea, vomiting; or mild rash.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, rapid weight gain; a bone fracture; swollen glands;
- liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- signs of a stroke--sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance; or
- severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
SAFETY INFORMATION (Precautions) for ARIMIDEX ANASTROZOLE TABLETS :
- Arimidex may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use this medication with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Arimidex lowers the amount of estrogen in your body, which may cause your bones to become softer and weaker. This may increase your chance of bone fractures, especially of the spine, hip, and wrist. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Women who have a history of blockage in the heart arteries (ischemic heart disease) may have an increase in symptoms of decreased blood flow to the heart. Call your doctor right away if you have new or worsening chest pain or shortness of breath while taking Arimidex. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Lab tests, including blood cholesterol, bone mineral density, or liver function, may be performed while you use Anastrozole. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Anastrozole should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Anastrozole if you are pregnant. It has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking it.
This is not a complete list. Ask your health care provider for more information.
MEDICATION STORAGE REQUIREMENTS :
Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F)
DRUG INTERACTIONS :
This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: estrogens, tamoxifen.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.