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My ALB/GLOB Ratio has been at 0.9 on my last 3 blood tests. I take Arimidex (anastrozole). Could this medication be the cause of a low number?

My ALB/GLOB Ratio has been at 0.9 on my last 3 blood tests. I take Arimidex (anastrozole). Could this medication be the cause of a low number?

Not low number: Hi. Most commonly, the low albumin:globulin ratio is NOT due to low albumin, but rather due to elevated globulin (so being the denominator, brings the ratio DOWN). Yours is reproducible. It should be evaluated, but I don't think it has anything to do with the Arimidex (anastrozole). I hope your breast CA is going well. Your doc may decide to get a serum and urine protein electrophoresis/immunofixation. Good luc ...Read more

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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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I have a feeling that arimidex (anastrozole) is causing/irritating my caugh. Is this a possible side effec and what is the best alternative medication?

I have a feeling that arimidex (anastrozole) is causing/irritating my caugh. Is this a possible side effec and what is the best alternative medication?

Unlikely: Cough is not a known side effect of arimidex (anastrozole). I would like to know the reason for which you are taking arimidex (anastrozole). I doubt that you are taking it for breast cancer where it is one of 3 drugs called aromatase inhibitors, the other two have similar benefits yet are different drugs...So one of these drugs may be an option if you wanted to explore. ...Read more

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My dr just put me on 1mg arimidex (anastrozole) once a day for gynecomastia. Can. You tell me more about this medication and the dose I am taking?

My dr just put me on 1mg arimidex (anastrozole) once a day for gynecomastia. Can. You tell me more about this medication and the dose I am taking?

Arimidex (anastrozole) is: A testosterone blocker. When too much testosterone turns into estrogen gynecomastia, excess breast tissue in men, can occur. Certainly speak w/your prescribing physician or an endocrinologist. Men who take testosterone can develop excessive breast tissue but that is not the only cause. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Even though anastrozole isn't approved by the fda doctor seems to think this will work? What are your opinions on this medication for endometriosis

Anastrazole: It sounds reasonable. It is very common for doctors to use medicines for off-label purposes. If you don't trust your doctor, then I am curious about your therapeutic relationship. You could always get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Severe insomnia on arimidex (anastrozole)? Is trazadone a good drug for sleep and anxiety

Severe insomnia on arimidex (anastrozole)? Is trazadone a good drug for sleep and anxiety

See ans: If Armidex is causing insomnia, you might first try changing the time you take it. If you take it in the morning, try bedtime dose. Trazodone combined with Accuretic, (hydrochlorothiazide and quinapril) which you take, may have additive effects lowering your blood pressure. Melatonin at night may help with no drug interactions. Discuss with your doctor. Also limit caffeine which will keep you awake. I hope this helps. Take care. ...Read more

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Is weight gain associated with arimidex (anastrozole)? I am a breast cancer patient &will on the drug.

Is weight gain associated with arimidex (anastrozole)? I am a breast cancer patient &will on the drug.

Yes, but minimal: There has been some reported weight gain with endocrine therapy. This emphasizes the importance of exercise in the breast cancer 'survivor' population. 20 minutes of purposeful exercise, three days per week will decrease recurrence rates. Wait control, a healthy diet and alcohol in moderation are patient controllable factors related to survival. ...Read more

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Can anastrozole clear up gyno?

Can anastrozole clear up gyno?

Anastrozole: Aromatase inhibitor, given to treat breast cancer that expresses estrogen/ Progesterone receptors, in other words, cancer that is hormone responsive. ...Read more

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What is right anastrozole dosage?

What is right anastrozole dosage?

Depends: If you are using this off label for estrogen blockade in the context of testosterone usage; then anywhere form 1-2mg/week works well.

See a doc who specializes in hormone replacement therapy. This is beyond the scope of most primary care docs out there. Www. Blueskymd. Com. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: anastrozole?

What is the definition or description of: anastrozole?

See below: 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 at estrogen receptor sites. ...Read more

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Can anastrozole make your under activethyroid go wrong?

Not likely. . .: Check out https://online. Epocrates. Com/noframe/showpage. Do? Method=drugs&monographid=403&activesectionid=10 for info re anastrozole. I could not find any link to thyroid concerns. It might increase testosterone production. . ...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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What's the molecular formula of anastrozole? How does it work?

Do a literature sear: Anastrozole is an Aromatase inhibitor (AI) which is commonly used to treat breast Cancer. If you can do Google search, you can find its structure and more about it. Please tell us why you asked for this info???? ...Read more

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How long does it take anastrozole to reach full effectiveness?

It depends on the st: Depending on the stage of breast cancer, tumors show a response within 6-8 weeks, with a maximum effect seen by 6-9 months. But if the drug is being used for adjuvant therapy then it has to be taken daily and continued for several years. ...Read more

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I stop taking my anastrozole pill because I have know insurance and I can't pay for it. What will happen to me? I've only took it for 2 years.

Anastrozole: You should take it for 5 years at lease. I understand your problem. Talk to your doctor about this before stopping the pill. He may have ideas that can help. You can apply for public assistance at the medicaid office. ...Read more

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Does anastrozole cause osteoporosis?

Does anastrozole cause osteoporosis?

Yes: Yes drugs that block the effects of estrogen can lead to bone loss and anastrosole is one of those medications. ...Read more

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How does arimidex (anastrozole) work?

How does arimidex (anastrozole) work?

Lowers Estrogen: Arimidex (anastrozole) blocks the production of estrogen by the ovaries, fat cells, and adrenal glands. It thereby lowers the estrogen level in the body. Some breast cancer cells have estrogen receptors. Estrogen spurs these cells to grow, so lowering the amount of it around "staves" the bad cells of their signal to grow. This causes some cells to peter out and die and other's growth to slow down. ...Read more

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What calcium should I take with anastrozole?

What calcium should I take with anastrozole?

CALCIUM + VIT D: The daily calcium requirement is between 1000 - 1200 mg. You can easily find calcium supplements of 400, 500 and 600 mg and taking 2 a day will help you meet your requirements. Calcium carbonate is the best absorbed, but remember to take it along or in combination with vit d 600-1000 iu/day. ...Read more

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What happens if I miss a dose of anastrozole?

Its okay: One missed dose will have little significance. Like most drugs, it stays in your system for a while and the effects/benefits last beyond the dose taken. Studies have shown that even when hormonal therapy is discontinued at 5 years, the curves plotting benefit continue to separate for several years afterwards. ...Read more

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Is somehow more effective than arimidex (anastrozole)?

AIs: There are 3 ais - anastrazole (arimidex), Letrozole (femara), and Exemestane (aromasin). All show similar clinical benefits in clinical trials. Some patients will tolerate one better than the others but there is no way to predict which one. Other hormonal therapy options include tamoxifen, toremifene, and Faslodex (fulvestrant) (an injectible) but none are particularly "more effective" than an ai. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take anastrozole if you have a bad kidney?

Is it ok to take anastrozole if you have a bad kidney?

I can find: Reasons why especially considering the fact that all it takes is ONE kidney to have NORMAL RENAL FUNCTION!

Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Can you take arimidex (anastrozole) wih anything else?

Yes: Arimidex (anastrozole) does not interact with many drugs in general but always good idea to check with pharmacist/ physician if you are planning to start any new drug/ supplement. ...Read more

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Can you eat grapefruit while taking arimidex (anastrozole)?

Can you eat grapefruit while taking arimidex (anastrozole)?

Not together: Grapefruit has a complex interaction on several enzymes in the liver. These same enzymes can either inhibit or magnify the effects of certain medications. So, you can eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice, but not during the same time as you take your medications. There is no direct evidence for arimidex, (anastrozole) but it is metabolized thru the liver, so best not to mix the 2. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: arimidex (anastrozole)?

What is the definition or description of: arimidex (anastrozole)?

Aromatase: Arimidex, (anastrozole) generic anisastrozole, is an aromatase inhibitor used to decrease the conversion of circulating testosterone to estrogen, and estradiol. My knowledge is limited to male patients, but I believe this medication is also used in female patients with certain types of cancers. Increasing estrogen levels can be a problem in testosterone replacement therapy, leading to "man boobs.". ...Read more

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Would it be safe to take cataplex b while taking arimidex (anastrozole)?

Unknown: There should not be interactions between cataplex b (vitamin B6 and b12) and arimidex. However, there may be a role for b vitamins in cancer growth. In a nov 18, 2009 jama article, vitamin B12 and folate supplementation increased death from cancer. Some anti-cancer drugs work by blocking folate, part of the b vitamin pathway. I caution oversupplementing with b vitamins if you have had cancer. ...Read more

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Took arimidex (anastrozole) for 3mo3wks stopped for 10days now. How long will my system take to return to normal?

Arimidex (anastrozole): The half-life is 46.8 hours so roughly round that off to 48 hours for two days. We consider a medication to be out of the person system once five half-lives have elapsed. In your case that would be there in 10 days after stopping the medication. Therefore it should be out of your system at this point. Best wishes and have a happy new year. ...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