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Doctor insights on: Can You Safely Take Cold Medication While Taking Femara

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Is femara (letrozole) an effective infertility medication?

It can be: Letrozole (femara) is an anti-estrogen that tricks the brain (pituitary) into making more fsh which can increase the number of eggs produced in a cycle. It is not as effective as ivf or injectable medications and is usually used in women younger than age 40 for infertility. Please see: http://www. Asrm. Org/medications_for_inducing_ovulation/ for more information. ...Read more

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Is it safe to nurse my daughter while taking IUI medications (femara, progesterone, injectables)?

Is it safe to nurse my daughter while taking IUI medications (femara, progesterone, injectables)?

Nursing & hormones: An fat soluable compound can be transmitted through breast milk. If you are taking these medications I suggest that you switch to bottles. ...Read more

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Can you take femara (letrozole) with mucinix?

Can you take femara (letrozole) with mucinix?

Femara (letrozole) drug interact: I am unaware of any interaction between the 2 drugs. Mucin ex is usually given for a short time while Femara (letrozole) is commonly prescribed for 5 years, deoending on the condition. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take a "vacation" from femara (letrozole)?

Discuss with you MD: It depends on what you mean by "vacation". How long you are thinking to stay off the femara (letrozole)? .
Since I don't know any other information- such as the staging- the goal of therapy, your tolerance etc, I would suggest you to discuss this matter with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take ranitidine while on femara (letrozole)?

Yes: There is no significant interaction between the two drugs. ...Read more

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Is femara (letrozole) used as a fertility drug?

Is femara (letrozole) used as a fertility drug?

Yes: Although Femara (letrozole) is only fda approved for the treatment of certain types of breast cancer, it is also used off-label to stimulate ovulation in fertility treatments. It is sometimes used in the place of clomifene (clomid) for ovarian stimulation. ...Read more

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How helpful is the fertility drug femara (letrozole)?

Very helpful: Femara or Letrozole is an oral ovulation induction medication. It works sometimes when Clomid (clomiphene) doesn't. It also helps pregnancies to occur when Clomid (clomiphene) fails. It seems to be very helpful especially in patients with pcos. The pregnancy rates are similar to Clomid (clomiphene) but the side effects are less and the multiple pregnancies seem to be also less. ...Read more

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If a person stops taking femara (letrozole) cold turkey, what are the withdrawal symptoms?

None: Never heard of any, have looked up the prescribing information and none is mentioned. This medication is not tapered, it is just stopped when it is not needed or is causing problems. ...Read more

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When do u take femara (letrozole) 2.5 for infertility?

????: Femara is contraindicated in pregancy and can cause birth defects. I suppose that you mean clomid (clomiphene) which is 50mg a day starting on the 5th day after the first day of your menstrual cycle and take it for 5 days to induce ovulation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have surgery while using the drug femara (letrozole)?

Probably: Almost certainly yes, but to be specific i'd ask 1) what surgery?) and 2) why are you using femara (letrozole)? If in doubt, ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can u take Clomid (clomiphene) and femara together if so when can u?

Can u take Clomid (clomiphene) and femara together if so when can u?

Yes: You can use both together since they work by different mechanisms, although that would be rather unorthodox. Usually it is one or the other.
For more info: www. AskYourGynecologist. Org ...Read more

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How good is the cancer drug femara (letrozole)?

How good is the cancer drug femara (letrozole)?

A good drug: It is used to prevent recurrence of breast cancer after surgery. It also is an effective treatment for hormone receptor positive recurrent breast cancer. ...Read more

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Doctor told me to take a month before starting femara, (letrozole) why?

Ask your doctor: This is a medication that selectively inhibits enzymatic conversion from androgen to estrogen and is used to treat breast cancer or to induce ovulation. I'm not sure what you are using it for but your doctor would be the best one to explain to you why he/she wants you to wait 1 month before starting it. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take fish oil with femara (letrozole)?

Yes: There should be no reason you cannot take both fish oil and femara (letrozole). Sounds like you are doing all you can to take card of yourself. ...Read more

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Taking 2.5 mg of femara (letrozole) & on cycle day 16 still no follicles. Wht's a normal follicle size and when should they appear? Whn cn I take the hCG shot?

Around 18, midcycle: A mature follicle is around 18 mm but may not release until about 26 mm. It is normal to have a mature follicle somewhere between days 11 and 14 though it can take longer. Your doc will not instruct you to take the HCG until at least one follicle is mature. ...Read more

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Can I take phentermine to lose weight while taking femara (letrozole) after surgery for breast cancer?

Ask your oncologist: Letroaole (femara) is an aramatase inhibitor blocks estrogen production, may gain, Phentermine has amphetamine like effects, has several side effects, may inter react with Femara (letrozole), only your doctor can advise its use. ...Read more

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Hi, I stopped taking femara (letrozole) two weeks ago - cold turkey and have been having a lot of headaches, dizziness, nausea, muscle and joint pains, tiredness?

Hi, I stopped taking femara (letrozole) two weeks ago - cold turkey and have been having a lot of headaches, dizziness, nausea, muscle and joint pains, tiredness?

Withdrawal: Consult your gynecologist for a better way to discontinue your hormones. Tapering is generally better than abrupt discontinuation of any drug (absent severe immediate toxicity necessitating the discontinuation). ...Read more

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How effective is femara (letrozole) drug instead of chemotherapy in a person with low platelets?

How effective is femara (letrozole) drug instead of chemotherapy in a person with low platelets?

Not related: The effect of Femara (letrozole) or of chemo on the cancer is unrelated to the platelet count. The choice between the two has to do with clinical characteristics of the cancer and the patient, not the blood counts. That said, if a patient's platelets are too low, it may not be possible to give chemo but that has to do with side effects, not effectiveness against the cancer. ...Read more

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Is there a chacne you can ovulate sooner than the 24-36 hours on ovidrel. I have pcos and also take femara (letrozole) cd3-7?

Is there a chacne you can ovulate sooner than the 24-36 hours on ovidrel. I have pcos and also take femara (letrozole) cd3-7?

LH surge: The only way you could ovulate before that time would be for your body to release lh to trigger ovulation prior to the Ovidrel shot. This is called an lh surge. ...Read more

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Femara (letrozole) is metabolized in liver by cytochrome p450 system. Astaxanthin says "use cautiously w drugs metabolized by liver's cytochrome p450 enzyme system; does this mean don't use astaxanthin w femara (letrozole)?

Femara (letrozole) is metabolized in liver by cytochrome p450 system. Astaxanthin says "use cautiously w drugs metabolized by liver's cytochrome p450 enzyme system; does this mean don't use astaxanthin w femara (letrozole)?

Not necesarilly but: Virtually all drugs are metabolized by cytochrome p450 enzymes. Astaxanthin can stimulate these, so it could lead to lower blood levels of "certain drugs" according to http://www. Naturalmedicinejournal. Com/article_content. Asp? Article=293. I no of no evidence that Femara (letrozole) is one of the drugs it interacts with. Small amounts of astaxanthin are unlikely to have much effect. Ask the doc who prescribed it. ...Read more

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Are there people who should not take femara (letrozole) for breast cancer?

Are there people who should not take femara (letrozole) for breast cancer?

Premenopausal women: This is an aromatase inhibitor. This class of drugs is not effective for premenopausal women. It is used in the adjuvant setting and occasionally for metastasis. ...Read more

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I have irregular period. I take femara (letrozole) 2.5mg once daily without inducing my period. And period starts within 7 days. I want to conceive. But cant.?

I have irregular period. I take femara (letrozole) 2.5mg once daily without inducing my period. And period starts within 7 days. I want to conceive. But cant.?

Infertility: The goal of Femara (letrozole) isn't to induce a period it is to create an environment where the ovary creates follicles. If pregnancy is achieved, you will either have a period or need Progesterone to induce one. If 3 cycles of Femara (letrozole) fail, your doctor will consider using fsh instead. ...Read more

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Hi. If I take femara (letrozole) days 5-9 instead of 3-7 could it delay my ovulation by a few days? I have pcos and tend to have fairly long and irregular cycles.

Doctors recommend: You should follow the directions given to you by the prescribing doctor. Reproductive endocrinologist specializing in fertility medicine try to individualize therapy to maximize the chances of success. Do not make changes without consulting them. ...Read more

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What should a person with breast cancer IV take after tamoxifen and aromasin. Arimidex femara or faslodex (fulvestrant)?

Treatment options: For stage IV breast cancer- if the cancer progressed after tamoxifen and aromasin- depending on several factors such as how much cancer burder, involvement to visceral organs, overall condition etc- the options would be- faslodex; combination of Aromasin (exemestane) and evorilimus (based on recent randomized clinical trial) or chemotherapy. Discuss further with your oncologist- which one for your case. ...Read more

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I hav pcos. What supplement can I take with femara (letrozole) to improve egg quality n fertility? Can vitex (chaste berry) be taken with femara (letrozole)?

I hav pcos. What supplement can I take with femara (letrozole) to improve egg quality n fertility? Can vitex (chaste berry) be taken with femara (letrozole)?

Not take: There's nothing useful for you to 'take' (at least without prescription) at home: healthy diet and moderate exercise is a good start. There's probably no harm in using vitex but there's also no benefit, I'd stay away from it. ...Read more

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Can I take cold medication if I'm taking methotrexate.?

Can I take cold medication if I'm taking methotrexate.?

See below: As a good rule of thumb, if you have an infection, you would want to leave off your Methotrexate and Imuran (azathioprine) and when the infection resolves, you can resume them. ...Read more

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Is someone on biphentin, can he take cold medication?

Please use caution: Biphentin is a stimulant and thus caution is advised when using cold medicines containing decongestants (phenylephrine/pseudoepherine etc.). Medications such as plain mucinex, (guaifenesin) mucinex-dm, coricidin, Robitussin etc. Are relatively safe when taken appropriately as instructed. So, I would avoid/minimize use cold meds containing decongestant. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What kind of cold medication can I take with Cymbalta (duloxetine)?

What kind of cold medication can I take with Cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Hard one: That is hard to answer. Many cold medications have dextromethorphan or decongestants both of which should be avoided with cymbalta. Here are some things that are safe: tylenol, (acetaminophen) guaifenesin, nasal saline, Honey for cough or sore throat and most throat lozenges
I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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If I've already taken my methotrexate for the week, is it ok to take a cold medication? If so, what is safe to use?

If I've already taken my methotrexate for the week, is it ok to take a cold medication? If so, what is safe to use?

Methotrexate: You may take cold medicine with methotrexate. One medicine not to use echinacea but most others are ok. ...Read more