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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arimidex, 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, ...Read more
1200 mg a day.: You're 39 and on arimidex. I suppose you already had a bilateral oophorectomy? Or are also taking Lupron or zoladex?1200 mg of calcium and 800 international units (iu) of vitamin d daily are suggested. To make it easy, patients can take something like caltrate that has 600 mg calcium per pill and 400 to 500 iu vitamin d per pill. Patients usually take one pill twice a day. All the best, hk. ...Read more
Vitk, d, calcium, thryoid all good. No mets. Arimidex & ooph led to severe osteo in 2 yrs. Is there anything else that could have caused this?
Arimidex: Arimidex is a definetely a reason to have a bone mineral density screening. It can decrease bone mineral density which may increase the risk of osteoporosis. First have a bone screening. Make sure to eat a healthy diet and find foods rich in calcium. A calcium supplement with vit d is a great choice too, but is not the main way to get your calcium. If you can do weight bearing exercises also. ...Read more
How can I be sure that it was a bilateral oopherectomy and the use of arimidex 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
Is it normal to see a drop in bone density from -2.4 to -3.7 (z score -2.6) in two years after ooph and arimidex and not to be given treatment?
No: I would definitely recommend treatment (probably a bisphosphonate, unless there are contraindications). Some doctors would have started treatment two years ago knowing that you already had osteopenia and were going to start an aromatase inhibitor. I suggest that you see your endocrinologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 (an injectible) but none are particularly "more effective" than an ai. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lowers Estrogen: Arimidex 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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