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What is Arimidex?
Arimidex can be used alone or along with other medications and treatments such as surgery or radiation to treat breast cancer in women who have passed menopause. The active ingredient anastrozole belongs to a type of medications called nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitors. The medication works by decreasing the estrogen produced in the body to slow the growth and shrink certain types of breast tumors that require estrogen to grow.
How is Arimidex used?
Arimidex should only be taken as directed by a doctor, usually once per day. The medication can be taken with or without food but should be taken with plenty of water. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment as it will depend on the patientís condition and their response to the therapy. Continue taking the medication until your health care provider tells you to stop as some patients may need to continue with the treatment for up to 5 years.
Patients using Arimidex may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Hot flushes
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Bone pain or fractures
- Mental or mood changes
- Decreased bone density
- Skin lesions, ulcers or blisters
- Difficult or painful urination
- Vision problems
- Pain in the upper right part of the stomach
- Signs of infection
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Arimidex is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.