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Doctor insights on: Does Arimidex Raise Cholesterol Levels

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Is slightly raised cholesterol is of concern?

Out of context: For a 22 year old? No one in American medicine even recommends cholesterol testing for someone in their 20s. Second, cholesterol is a panel, not one test. Your question does not reference the panel. Thus interpretation is impossible. ...Read more

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Why is my cholesterol raised to 5.6 even though im taking meds to control it?

Why is my cholesterol raised to 5.6 even though im taking meds to control it?

Meds Not in Charge: Cholesterol: a fat molecule made by every animal cell, part of each cell membrane, allows movement. The real target is lipoproteins. Most meds are single molecules selected to influence body function. Principle controls remain within our mind?brain?body + food choices. LFHC foods drive LDL particle concentrations ?; Large-HDL particle concentrations ?. Thus check NMR lipoproteins, go HFLC. ...Read more

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I have raised cholesterol numbers and statin drugs vs. supplements as cholestacare?

I have raised cholesterol numbers and statin drugs vs. supplements as cholestacare?

Total risk: It's not wise to treat lab abnormalities in a vacuum. If your total cardiac risk exceeds 7.5% ten year risk, or if you have established vascular disease, a statin is advised (2013 Adult Treatment Panel guidelines, American Heart Assoc) since they've been shown repeatedly to lower risk while supplements and non-statin meds are either ineffective or minimally so. ...Read more

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Hi I'm a male age 31 nd was told after recent bloodwork that I have high estrogen level, I have arimidex (anastrozole) nd was wondering how to go about getting rid of the excess estrogen nd if I take the arimidex (anastrozole) nd it works to get the lev

Not clear why: The important question is why your doctor ordered an estrogen level which is not an easy test to interpret, especially if a "total estrogen" level was ordered rather than an "estradiol". If the reason was for gynecomastia, there might be a reason to try Arimidex (anastrozole) to lower E levels and try to shrink the amount of breast tissue but effectiveness of that drug for gynecomastia is quite variable. ...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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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?

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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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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I have a feeling that arimidex (anastrozole) is causing/irritating my caugh. Is this a possible side effec and what is the best alternative medication?

Unlikely: Cough is not a known side effect of arimidex (anastrozole). I would like to know the reason for which you are taking arimidex (anastrozole). I doubt that you are taking it for breast cancer where it is one of 3 drugs called aromatase inhibitors, the other two have similar benefits yet are different drugs...So one of these drugs may be an option if you wanted to explore. ...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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