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Am taking arimidex (anastrozole) and having terrible hot flushes.is sage tablets safe to take with this?

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Dr. Helmy Guirgis
Hematology and Oncology 46 years experience
I do not know sage: But consult with your doctor about Femara or tamoxifen. Substitution of Arimidex by Femara or tamoxifen may well do the trick. This is my first recommendation to you. Should you and your oncologist decide to keep arimidex, there are drugs which combat hot flash e.g. Effexor, (venlafaxine) Gabapentin etc...Thank you.
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Speak with your Dr: Hot flashes are common with taking this medication. I am not familiar with sage a nd it's indications or side effects. I recommend you contact your oncologist and let him/her know about the symptoms your experiencing. You can be switched to another medication, which my have less side effects. Effexor (venlafaxine) is a medication we use to help with hot flashes. I am sure your oncologist can help.

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