What is Arimidex?
Arimidex also known as anastrozole is a non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
Arimidex is used to treat breast cancer in women after menopause. Some breast cancers are made to grow faster by a natural hormone called estrogen. Arimidex decreases the amount of estrogen the body makes and helps to slow or reverse the growth of these breast cancers.
How to use Arimidex
Take this drug by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once a day.
Use this drug regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
Please consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, a severe liver disease, history of stroke of blood clot, heart disease, circulation problems, or if you have not yet completed menopause. If you have such conditions you may need adjustment of your dose. Your treatment with Arimidex may continue for five years. This medication may impair your ability to high concentration of attention and thinking or reactions: be especially careful while driving or operating machinery.
You may experience the following side effects from taking this medication:
- Hot flashes
- trouble sleeping
- stomach upset
- loss of appetite
- weight gain
- increased coughing or
- sore throat may occur.
If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call for the attention of your doctor.
NB: Do not share this medication with others.
If you missed a dose take it as soon as you remember. If it almost time of your next dose just skip it and return to your regular schedule. Never double dose this medication.
Store at room temperature between 20-25 C (68-77 F). Store away from moisture, heat, and sunlight. It is not recommended to store in a bathroom and places available for children.