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Best Aromatase Inhibitor Bodybuilding
No: Tamoxifen belongs to a class of drugs called selective estrogen receptor modulators (serms). It works by blocking the binding of estrogen to estrogen receptors, thus disabling hormone-sensitive breast cancer cells. Aromatase inhibitors block the conversion of androgens to estrogens, effectively removing estrogen from the body (in postmenopausal women). Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No it is not.: Even though it is an over the counter supplement, it is not recommended by any reputable manufacturer to be taken before you are 18. If you are asking about it as a way to increase your testosterone levels, remember if it was successful it would prematurely lead to your bones fusing and stunt your growth/height! Read more
Hormonal therapy: Aromatase inhibitors are a form of hormonal therapy for post menopausal patients. They are effective only in er+ cases. They block the conversion of other hormones to estrogen via the enzyme aromatase. In premenopausal patients they actually stimulate the ovaries to increase estrogen production. Hormonal therapy is systemic treatment, reduces local recurrence, and reduces risk of 2nd primaries. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to take HCG (for wt loss) when on an aromatase inhibitor, ihave taken it previous but was not on the arimadex at the time thanks?
Not defined: I assume the aromatase inhibitors are being used to manage potential or existing metastatic breast cancer. HCG is a hormone developing during pregnancy which does have some beneficial effect on cancer, at least with regard to the n-terminal repeat of the molecule. How it effects breast cancer has not been reported and when used for diet many patients overuse the product and become anorexic. Read more
Possibly but...: Much will depend on your specific situation and on your own physician's thoughts after physical examination. I have found that gynecomastia, if persistent, is often best treated with partial excision of the prominent glandular tissue as well as liposuction surgery of the peripheral chest area. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Be careful.: Make sure gynecomastia is the correct diagnosis. Breast cancer in male patients is very rare, but can be potentially life threatening. Using medications such as an aromatase inhibitor for breast swelling before eliminating the diagnosis of breast cancer can be potentially serious. Check with your doctor for details. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Will taking an aromatase inhibitor combined with finasteride eliminate the sexual side effects caused by finasteride?
Is a potent aromatase inhibitor (letrozole) effevtive in delaying epiphyseal fusion and thus making me grow taller? I am 18 years old
If during the aromatase inhibitor therapy my prostate shrinks to the normal size, can that confirm the cause being elevated estradiol? Thank you.
Huh?: Why are you on an aromatase inhibitor in the first place? Read more
Assuming my growt plates have not closed, would an aromatase inhibitor (letrozole) combined with 200mg/ml/month of testosterone make me grow taller?
What are options following optimal debulking for gr. 1 stage 3c endometrioid ovarian ca? Carbo/taxol? Aromatase inhibitor? Other? Clinical trials?
Treatment: We always encourage clinical trials as first line option. Standard therapy will include use of taxane and platinum compound like carboplatin/taxol combo. I would not use arimidex. 2nd line drugs include cisplatin, taxotere, doxil, gemzar, avastin, (bevacizumab) topotecan etc. Read more
Is aromatase inhibitor treatment likely to normalize the levels of elevated estradiol, 5-HIAA, histamine and lipid status? Thank you.
What aroma is that??: Yes, and it cures baldness and will get rid of an annoying girlfriend. Well, actually, it just inhibits the conversion of testost to estrogens in your body cells (it works overtime in fat cells).Its relationship to 5-HIAA is sketchy at best (far as I know)and on blood lipids very complex and probably opposite what you think. No easy answers here, except: you gotta histamine problem? Take an antihistamine! Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a natural weightlifter took anti cancer medication (aromatase inhibitor), shouldn't his testosterone level increase dramatically?
Increase somewhat: Aromatase inhibitors inhibit the effect of estrogen on the pituitary gland as well as elsewhere. As a result they can increase pituitary hormones that stimulate testosterone production modestly, not usually dramatically. By the way, these medications are banned by most major sports Read more
Xeloda (capecitabine). Can someone go off Chemo and on an Aromatase Inhibitor after taking Xeloda (capecitabine). I am not menopausal yet and have BC mets to lymph and? Liver?
Yes and No: You have to give us details of your medical history such as when was your breast cancer first diagnosed? When did it becomemetastatic? What all drugs have been used to treat your breast cancer so far. Have you been treated with Tamoxifen before? Did Tamoxifen help control your breast Cancer anytime or it did not? AI's are typically not used in Premenopausal patients because you ovaries are active Read more
Low testosterone, low estradiol, high estrone, weight good, taking 200mg testosterone a day at cheek & gum, using a aromatase inhibitor, why low t?
No: If you have been prescribed aromatase inhibitors, presumably you have hormone sensitive breast cancer. Do not substitute the homeopathic placebo for your medications. The data on breast cancer treatment is solid for aromatase inhibitors and using a homeopathic placebo might prove lethal. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May be effective: For boys with short stature, and no other known cause, aromatase inhibitors have been used. It is still considered experimental, and it is not clear that it will increase adult height. Much depends on the specific condition. As with anything that may increase testosterone, there are side effects. You should only do this under the care/supervision of a pediatric endocrinologist. Read more
Maybe but for what?: All medications, prescription & otc, as well as all dietary supplements, have potential side effects. There is no free lunch, no side effect free pill, whether medication or supplement. Aromatase inhibitors are approved for use in breast cancer in which case the potential risk of liver damage, hypertension, etc probably outweighs risk of recurrent breast cancer. So talk to your doc re what's right. Read more