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what are some possible side effects of femara (letrozole)?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Hot flashes, etc.: The most common side effects of Femara (letrozole) include hot flashes, joint pain, headaches, back pain, and increased sweating. Less common side effects include nausea, vomiting, weight changes, and constipation. Despite this laundry list of possibilities, in reality, most people tolerate Femara (letrozole) very well.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Several: Besides the risks of allergic reactions with rashes, breathing problems or shock, the most common side effects are muscle aches, weakness, hand/foot pain, trigger fingers, fatigue and interference with the sex life. Other effects include nausea, bowel disturbance, loss of appetite, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, edema, weight gain, dry mouth, hot flushes, coughing, sob and rashes.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you take femara (letrozole) with mucinix?

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Yes: You can take both.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Have there been any adverse interactions between femara (letrozole) and grapefuit?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Indirectly: There is a substance in grapefruit that disables the enzyme responsible for metabolizing estrogen in our bodies; therefore, eating grapefruit may increase the body's levels of estrogen. Femara (letrozole) is used to inhibit the production of estrogen in the body as a treatment for hormone-sensitive breast cancer. Therefore, eating grapefruit in these circumstances may counteract what you are treating.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Is letrozole different from tamoxifen?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: Tamoxifen is a selective estrogen receptor modulator; Letrozole is an aromatase inhibitor. Both drugs are used to treat hormone-positive breast cancer patients. However, Letrozole can only be used after menopause. Furthermore, tamoxifen can also be used to prevent breast cancer in high-risk women.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are some alternate medicines for femara (letrozole)?

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Dr. Deanna Attai
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See full answer: Currently the alternatives to Femara (also known as letrozole) are Arimidex (anastrozole) and Aromasin (exemestane). All 3 belong to a class of medications known as aromatase inhibitors and can help reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence. Another type of medication, tamoxifen, is known as a selective estrogen receptor modulator, or serm - it is primarily used in premenopapusal women.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

What is the drug femara (letrozole) usually prescribed for?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
ER+ Breast CA: Femara (letrozole) is a member of a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors which are very effective in the treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone-sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancer. This may be used alone or in combination with traditional chemotherapy, depending on the cancer stage and the patient's health status.

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