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Doctor insights on: Anastrozole For Infertility

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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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Are there foods I should avoid while taking anastrozole?

Are there foods I should avoid while taking anastrozole?

Low fat diet: When the ovaries no longer synthesize oestrogen, the peripheral lipocyte or fat cell creates e1---> e3. This "peripheral conversion" is a target for chemotx against hormone sensitive breast ca. Patients should avoid dietary fats, transfat, high cholesterol, etc. As much as possible, as any weight gain in the form of fat seemingly negates the effect of anastrozole... ...Read more

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Any side effects of arimidex (anastrozole)?

Many: Hot flashes, diarrhea, other menopausal symptoms are common, but not severe. Occasionally abnormal lipids. Can cause joint stiffness and aches. Done density is reduced. Sounds aweful but is actually well tolerated. ...Read more

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What are side effects of arimidex (anastrozole)?

Arimidex (anastrozole): Some common adverse effects (compiled from multiple sources) are; flushing, hot flashes (12-36%), fatigue (19%), mood changes (19%), weakness (16-19%), nausea/vomiting (11-19%), headache (9-13%). Go here to find more information: http://www.Arimidex.Com/index.Aspx. ...Read more

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Is insominia a side effect of arimidex (anastrozole)?

Arimidex (anastrozole) & insomnia: Arimidex (anastrozole) can cause insomnia, and sleep problems while on the drug are quite common. If sleep problems produce daytime impairment (sleepiness etc.), then it may be appropriate to trial a sleeping pill to reverse the effects of the medication. Be sure to mention the symptom to the prescribing doctor and explore solutions. ...Read more

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Why did arimidex (anastrozole) cause me to have anxiety?

Why did arimidex (anastrozole) cause me to have anxiety?

This is not typical: Arimidex (anastrozole) is also known as Anastrozole. It is not known to cause anxiety in patients who use it. Depression and mood changes are more common side effects of the medication. Sometimes a change in mood can seem like it is anxiety related. Let the doctor who prescribes the medication know that this is happening. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with Arimidex (anastrozole)?

A few: Arimidex (anastrozole) is generally well tolerated. So 70-80 percent of people will not have any side effects. In some cases it can cause joint pains and stiffness, but your doctor can guide you in this regard. I would not worry about the minor inconvenience of this side effect as it is one of the best medicines to treat breast cancer, so try to stick with it as much as you can. ...Read more

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What are some possible side effects of anastrozole (arimidex)?

What are some possible side effects of anastrozole (arimidex)?

Joint pain and more: 30-40% of women have severe joint pain, and studies show that many stop taking the drug without telling their doctors! vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and fatigue are common troubling symptoms. Some women have fewer side effects with other aromatase inhibitors, so tell your doctor if you have symptoms bad enough that you consider stopping your medication. ...Read more

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Infertility (Definition)

Infertility is defined medically as the inability to conceive a baby after 12 months of ...Read more