Arimidex has used the management of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It is always indicated that condition where breast cancer has progressed even after taking Tamoxifen. It contains a generic medicine called Anastrozole that lowers estrogen levels in postmenopausal women. This prevents the growth of certain types of breast tumors that require estrogen for their growth.
The use of Arimidex is contraindicated under certain medical conditions such as heart disease, a history of stroke or blood clot, severe liver disorder, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, blood circulation disorder, and pregnancy.
Arimidex should not be taken along with an estrogen medication such as hormone replacement therapy, estrogen creams, or birth control pills, injections, implants, skin patches, and vaginal rings, as these may decrease the therapeutic efficacy of Arimidex.
A woman has to consume 1 mg tablet of Arimidex orally in a day with an enormous amount of water. If a patient has advanced breast cancer, Arimidex should be continued until tumor progression. It should be taken with or without food.
What are the side effects of Arimidex?
A patient can experience some undesired effects while using Arimidex such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body ache, breast swelling or tenderness, headache, dryness of mouth, lightheadedness, insomnia, lethargy, flushing and sweating.
- If you have allergic reactions with Arimidex, then avoid using this medicine.
- It should not be taken with Tamoxifen or estrogen-containing therapies.
- Arimidex may cause softening of bones and enhances the risk of fracture, so use this medicine with caution.
- Arimidex increases the risk of a stroke or blood clot, so use this medicine with caution.