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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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Is it dangerous to eat tofu when on arimidex (anastrozole)?

Is it dangerous to eat tofu when on arimidex (anastrozole)?

No: The amount of estrogen in tofu is so minute that it's not a problem. No worries about tofu and arimidex (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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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