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What's the difference between arimidex and femara (letrozole)?

What's the difference between arimidex and femara (letrozole)?

Different companies: These drugs have different structures but act in the same way. Both are aromatase inhibitors. Arimidex (anastrozole) (generic name anastrazole) and Femara (generic name letrozole) may have different side effects in different women, as well as different costs. They can be used interchangeably. ...Read more

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Is somehow more effective than arimidex (anastrozole)?

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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I've been prescribed Arimidex (anastrozole). Is it okay to take Sun Chlorella too?

Arimidex (anastrozole): Arimidex (anastrozole) is a medication used to reduce estrogen. Are you been treated for breast cancer that has positive estrogen markers. Sun Chlorella is a natural supplement of algae it is used by some people to bust your immune system but is only a nutritional supplement.Sun Chlorella is more hype than anything no controlled studies have been done to prove its efficacy. No interaction between the two pills. ...Read more

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How can I be sure that it was a bilateral oopherectomy and the use of arimidex (anastrozole) that caused my osteoporosis and how could it have been stopped or helpd?

Osteoporosis: Arimidex and oophorectomy both can cause osteoporosis. Oophorectomy because you lose the estogen they produce Arimidex lists bone softening as one of the potential side effects. Probably no absolute way to prevent it. Calcium , vitamin d, wt bearing exercise. If you can take estrogen, or non hormonal like Evista can help. Talk to doc for options available based on your medical conditions. ...Read more

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I am 22 years old and just recently came off of a testosterone propionate cycle. I used hCG and arimidex (anastrozole) as a pct but now I can't get an errection?

Go see your doctor: You probably have too much Estradiol still & not enough testosterone. My concern is that you're cycling your hormones and not being monitored which is a very risky thing to do. Folks who really need extra t don't cycle their regimen. They just stick w/it. As dr. Geffner noted, you're risking your future fertility & testicular function. ...Read more

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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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Is it safe to take arimidex (anastrozole) to boost testosterone levels?

Is it safe to take arimidex (anastrozole) to boost testosterone levels?

Won't "boost": Arimidex (anastrozole) is an aromatase inhibitor, it blocks the production of estrogen. So, it won't boost testosterone (t), but can prevent existing t from being converted to estrogen. ...Read more

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Any side effects of arimidex (anastrozole)?

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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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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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 mix arimidex (anastrozole) and armour thyroid?

Yes: There is no good reason not to do so. The effect of Arimidex (anastrozole) is not known to be affected by thyroid levels, while Arimidex (anastrozole) is not known to interact with armour (or any other thyroid replacement) directly. ...Read more

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How much calcium should be taken daily when on arimidex (anastrozole)?

How much calcium should be taken daily when on arimidex (anastrozole)?

1500 mg: 1500 mg is the recommended calcium intake for women with low estrogen levels, including women who have gone through menopause, had a hysterectomy with ovaries removed, or are taking meds like Arimidex that lower estrogen levels. Because vitamin d is necessary to absorb calcium, taking a 1000-2000 iu of vitamin d3 is a good idea as well. ...Read more

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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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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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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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What is better for a cycle in make Arimidex or aromasin?

Both equal but: arimidex works faster and last longer 47 hrs vs 10 hrs] but be sure to check with oncoloogist for best advice and use only for reasons prescribed by a oncologist. read risk/side effects like bone loss ...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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