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Is femara (letrozole) an effective infertility medication?

Is femara (letrozole) an effective infertility medication?

It can be: Letrozole (femara) is an anti-estrogen that tricks the brain (pituitary) into making more fsh which can increase the number of eggs produced in a cycle. It is not as effective as ivf or injectable medications and is usually used in women younger than age 40 for infertility. Please see: http://www.Asrm.Org/medications_for_inducing_ovulation/ for more information. ...Read more

Dr. Sean Canale
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Anastrozole (Definition)

Anastrozole (marketed under the trade name Arimidex (anastrozole) by astrazeneca) is an aromatase-inhibiting drug approved for treatment of breast cancer after surgery, as well as for metastasis in both pre and post-menopausal women. The severity of breast cancer is increased by estrogen, as sex hormones cause hyperplasia, and differentiation ...Read more


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Who takes arimidex (anastrozole) for breast cancer?

Who takes arimidex (anastrozole) for breast cancer?

Post menopausal ER+: Women who are post-menopausal and have estrogen receptor positive breast cancer. ...Read more

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How helpful is the fertility drug femara (letrozole)?

How helpful is the fertility drug femara (letrozole)?

Very helpful: Femara or Letrozole is an oral ovulation induction medication. It works sometimes when Clomid (clomiphene) doesn't. It also helps pregnancies to occur when Clomid (clomiphene) fails. It seems to be very helpful especially in patients with pcos. The pregnancy rates are similar to Clomid (clomiphene) but the side effects are less and the multiple pregnancies seem to be also less. ...Read more

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How effective is letrozole (Femara) for treating breast cancer?

How effective is letrozole (Femara) for treating breast cancer?

Variable: Depends on 1) whether the tumor is estrogen receptor positive, 2) stage of the cancer. If metastatic, it works better for bone and soft tissue metastases and not very well for liver and lung metastasizes. Often used as an adjuvant treatment after surgery and often with radiotherapy ...Read more

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How effective is nolvadex (tamoxifen) for reducing libido in men?

How effective is nolvadex (tamoxifen) for reducing libido in men?

Unlikely to be: First, Nolvadex (tamoxifen) should not be used in men we have no studies on the possible side effects. It blocks estrogen receptors and is unlikely to affect libido in men. ...Read more

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How safe is progesterone tablets for pcos fertility treatment?

How safe is progesterone tablets for pcos fertility treatment?

Safe; sometimes used: Progesterone or artificial versions (progestins) can be safely used to induce a period for women with pcos who have very few periods (less than 4 a year) or no periods. It does not improve your chances of conceiving because it induces bleeding, not ovulation (egg release). Progesterone can also be given for low Progesterone levels in the 2nd half of a cycle, or to support an early pregnancy. ...Read more

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How effective is anastrozole (Arimidex) for treating breast cancer?

How effective is anastrozole (Arimidex) for treating breast cancer?

Good: it is a very good drug in preventing breast cancer relapse in patients who have had their breast tumors removed. prevents estrogen stimulation in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer. ...Read more

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Why bodybuilders use Clomid (clomiphene) with nolvadex for PCT?

Why bodybuilders use Clomid (clomiphene) with nolvadex for PCT?

Post "Cycle" Therapy: From what I have researched people seem to be of the belief that nolvadex is a superior anti-estrogen but clomid (clomiphene) is better at restoring testicular function so some people use both. I do not recommend any of these medications and believe old fashion exercise and natural body building without any supplemental medications is the most healthy approach! ...Read more

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Is testosterone treatment for aging men comparable for hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women?

Is testosterone treatment for aging men comparable for hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women?

Yes: Having been in this situation, i can tell you that balancing out hormones in men is just as important as doing so for women. Men lose their sex drive, become Insulin resistant, lose their vitality. I'll post a page later that describes my own personal treatment success. I feel great at almost 52 years of age. ...Read more

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Is tamoxifen good for sperm motility?

Is tamoxifen good for sperm motility?

Yes: Studies showed that 10 mg a tamoxifen a improved , quality, density , count , increase of % of viable sperm compared to placebo group ., so it is a fertility drug for men. ...Read more

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Is femara (letrozole) used as a fertility drug?

Is femara (letrozole) used as a fertility drug?

Yes: Although Femara (letrozole) is only fda approved for the treatment of certain types of breast cancer, it is also used off-label to stimulate ovulation in fertility treatments. It is sometimes used in the place of clomifene (clomid) for ovarian stimulation. ...Read more

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Is there any side effects of Clomid (clomiphene) for fertility problems?

Is there any side effects of Clomid (clomiphene) for fertility problems?

Sometimes: Clomid (clomiphene) or Clomiphene citrate is usually very well tolerated and safe. Sometimes it causes mild hot flushes and headaches. These are not dangerous. Rarely people can have visual changes. If this occurs, please call your doctor right away. Usually your doctor will stop the medicine and find an alternative treatment. Clomid (clomiphene) can be an effective and safe treatment for some women with infertility. ...Read more

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Are femara (letrozole) and norethindrone used for stage 4 endometriosis?

Not very successfull: No medical treatment has ever been shown to be effective in treating stage IV endo. This stage means that there is deeply invasive endo usually between the rectum and vagina or cervix. Endo nodules are by definition deeper than 5mm, and the hormones can't penetrate well and they don't respond. You need a surgeon very experienced in complex procedures to remove the endo. ...Read more

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Can adding hCG shots while taking femara (letrozole) for infertility improve the chances of conceiving?

Can adding hCG shots while taking femara (letrozole) for infertility improve the chances of conceiving?

Sometimes: A properly-timed HCG shot can be used as a 'trigger' for ovulation. Women who develop a dominant follicle with Femara (letrozole) but don't ovulate appropriately (or at all) can be triggered with hcg. ...Read more

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Why use bromocriptine medication for infertile women?

Why use bromocriptine medication for infertile women?

Elevated prolactin: Bromocriptine is commonly used to treat microadenomas of the pituitary gland. These result in an elevated level of prolactin with will inhibit ovulation. Bromocriptine can lower prolactin levels in affected women and thus help them ovulate. ...Read more

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Has anyone had success on femara (letrozole) and norethindrone for endometriosis?

Has anyone had success on femara (letrozole) and norethindrone for endometriosis?

Hormonal treatment: Femara (letrozole) inhibits the formation of estrogen within the endometriosis tissue. Aromatase inhibitors, formerly used to treat some breast cancer, have been successful in the treatment of endometriosis. Norethindrone, a Progesterone is also successful in some cases. ...Read more

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Can Clomid (clomiphene) be taken with parlodel for a ttc woman?

Definitely: Definitely as long as they are both being taken for the correct reasons: Parlodel (bromocriptine) for elevated prolactin levels, Clomiphene for ovulatory dysfunction. ...Read more

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Is Clomid (clomiphene) safe for men?

Is Clomid (clomiphene) safe for men?

Clomid (clomiphene) safety in men: Clomid (clomiphene) use in men is safe. Prolonged daily dosing (for at least 3 months) is required for it to be effective. ...Read more

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What can be done for breast cancer besides arimidex (anastrozole)?

What can be done for breast cancer besides arimidex (anastrozole)?

Chemo surgery radiat: Arimidex (anastrozole) is just one of the ways that we treat breast cancer. Surgery is the mainstay for most breast cancer patients - often followed by radiation therapy. We call these local therapies because they treat the breast and surrounding areas. Chemotherapy and endocrine therapy treat the whole body. Arimidex (anastrozole) is one form of endocrine therapy - essentially designed to starve the tumor of estrogen. ...Read more

Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Infertility (Definition)

Infertility = inability to conceive or if a woman under age 35 - not being able to get pregnant after having regular sex for a year without birth control use. For a woman over 35 years old is not being able to get pregnant after having regular ...Read more