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Does femara (letrozole) effect eye pressure? I am taking six eye drops a day for elevated pressure and I have not yet started femara (letrozole)!

Does femara (letrozole) effect eye pressure? I am taking six eye drops a day for elevated pressure and I have not yet started femara (letrozole)!

Not listed side effe: Eye pressure is not listed as a potential side effect for femara (letrozole). You should ask your eye doctor, though. ...Read more

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Does femara (letrozole) cause osteoporosis?

Does femara (letrozole) cause osteoporosis?

Possibly: Femara (letrozole) is an aromatase inhibitor. It works by decreasing the amount of estrogen produced in post-menopasual women. Anything that lowers estrogen level will take away its protective effect on bone, thus increasing the risk of fracture, osteopenia or osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Does femara (letrozole) cause insomnia?

Does femara (letrozole) cause insomnia?

Yes: Femara (letrozole) causes insomnia in 7% of people who take it. ...Read more

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Does femara (letrozole) cause weight gain?

Does femara (letrozole) cause weight gain?

Not typically: Estrogen in excess causes weight gain. If you block estrogen formation, it actually may prevent weight gain in certain cases. Low or overly blocked estrogen may actually cause weight gain (stimulates belly fat cells to try and make your own estrogen). Therefore estrogen in balance keeps you weight neutral. ...Read more

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Can femara (letrozole) cause a miscarriage?

Can femara (letrozole) cause a miscarriage?

Danger to fetus: Femara (letrozole) is used to treat breast cancer in women who have gone through menopause. It should not be used in women who are or will become pregnant. It has a category x rating which means that it is contraindicated during pregnancy as animal studies have shown toxicity to the developing embryo (baby). It acts to decrease the level of estrogen and that might lead to miscarriage. ...Read more

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Can femara (letrozole) cause hair loss?

Can femara (letrozole) cause hair loss?

Yes, some thinning: Mild thinning of hair is reported from the use of any antiestrogenic medicines. So Femara (letrozole) can cause some, usually mild hair loss, not enough to worry about it being a serious problem. ...Read more

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Does metformin cause joint pain or could it be the femara (letrozole) I started taking in jan 2014?

Does metformin cause joint pain or could it be the femara (letrozole) I started taking in jan 2014?

Femara!!!: It is definitely the femara! Almost half of women taking Femara get moderate to severe joint pain. Sometimes switching to a different aromatase inhibitor helps. Make sure your doctor knows you're having pain. If your vitamin d level is low, increasing it can improve the pain. But it's really a troublesome side effect, and I'm so sorry you have it. Ask your doc for relief so you stay on the drug! ...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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What is the definition or description of: femara (letrozole)?

Femara (letrozole): Letrozole (femara (letrozole) (r)) is a medicine that blocks the conversion of androgens in fat cells to the strong estrogen (estrone). ...Read more

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Will I ovulate while on femara (letrozole)?

Most likely: Femara is the brand name for the drug letrozole, which is an aromatase inhibitor. This kind of drug blocks production of estrogen, making the body think it should create a surge of hormones like those that prompt ovulation. Letrozole is sometimes used in women being treated for infertility to induce ovulation. In post-menopausal women, ovulation will not occur, and Letrozole has other uses. ...Read more

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Can I have wine if I'm on femara (letrozole)?

Can I have wine if I'm on femara (letrozole)?

Yes if you have to h: We discourage alcohol use for patients with cancer who are taking treatment. But one glass of wine occasionally is acceptable and relatively harmless. ...Read more

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What are differences between femara (letrozole) and arimidex?

What are differences between femara (letrozole) and arimidex?

The names and doses: Femara (letrozole) and Arimidex are both aromatase inhibitors that are taken by mouth once a day. They work by prevenitg fat cells from making estrogen, which lowers total estrogen in your body. We use them identically in practice. ...Read more

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What are the similarities and differences between tamoxifen and femara (letrozole)?

Different action: Tamoxifen blocks the estrogen receptor, while Femara (letrozole) blocks the formation of estrogen. Estrogen levels are not lowered by tamoxifen, but they are lowered by femara (letrozole). Both cause hot flashes, bone loss, depression, memory problems and decreased libido. Tamoxifen increases blood clot and uterine cancer risk and causes vaginal discharge, while Femara (letrozole) causes more joint pain and vaginal dryness. ...Read more

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What are some similarities and differences between tamoxefen and femara (letrozole)?

Requires long answer: The answer is too long to fit into 400 characters but there is a nice summary at http://www. Health. Com/health/condition-article/0, 20188924, 00.Html. ...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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Cn femara (letrozole) taken instead of arimidex if arimidex not found?

Cn femara (letrozole) taken instead of arimidex if arimidex not found?

As your Doctor: This question is best answered by the doctor who prescribed Arimidex (anastrozole). There are many different reasons to prescribe it. I wouldn't make this kind of substitution without an OK from your prescribing doctor. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What vitamins are okay with femara (letrozole)?

Vitamins are OK: Femara is an enzyme-inhibitor which eliminates the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. As such, it is a valuable drug, but this elimination potentially increases the risk of bone loss. Thus taking supplemental vitamin d and getting a test to make sure your level is normal is a good idea and will not interfere with the effect of the medicine. ...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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Can you drink beer while taking femara (letrozole)?

Why are you on it?: If you are on the medication to assist in getting pregnant, then alcohol is not your friend. If you are talking about one or two beers on an occasion, it shouldn't make any difference. If you are talking a six-pack a day (or any regular use), alcohol impairs ovulation as well as the maturation of follicles. If it is being used in the setting of breast cancer prevention, alcohol is also not good. ...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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Can I drink a glass of wine while taking femara (letrozole)?

Can I drink a glass of wine while taking femara (letrozole)?

Yes: Heavy alcohol consumption combined with Femara (letrozole) may be bad for your liver, but one glass of wine on occasion should have no serious effect. ...Read more

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Is femara (letrozole) ever decreased to 3 years after completing chemo and radiation, instead of 5 years?

Is femara (letrozole) ever decreased to 3 years after completing chemo and radiation, instead of 5 years?

Rarely: Femara (letrozole) causes bad side effects for many women. And we've learned that many women stop taking it without telling their doctor. Unfortunately those women have a higher risk of breast cancer returning. Better than stopping is to ask your onc to consider switching to a similar drug, and treat your side effects. I give medication for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and bone/joint pain. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Will anything (OTC medicines, herbs, supplements etc) decrease the effectiveness of taking femara (letrozole) for infertility?

Yes: Letrozole (femara) is primarily cleared/metabolized by a liver enzyme called cytochrome p450. Several herbs and supplements can enhance or impair cytochrome p450 activity and hence alter the metabolism of letrazole through competing at this enzyme. Please check with your doctor if you are using any herbs or supplements. ...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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I'm on a femara (letrozole) IUI cycle w/Ovidrel-I'm on cd12, the shot is weds, IUI thurs. Can I use preseed before or after the IUI, we want to cover all bases?

I'm on a femara (letrozole) IUI cycle w/Ovidrel-I'm on cd12, the shot is weds, IUI thurs. Can I use preseed before or after the IUI, we want to cover all bases?

IUI: If you're doing an IUI, Pre-Seed will not change your chance of pregnancy. If your doctor advised you to have intercourse in addition to your IUI, you can use it for a lubricant. ...Read more

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I have been ttcfor about 20 months now. I have had a mc & an ep. I started Clomid (clomiphene) and then femara, but I haven't gotten pregnant in a year. Next step?

I have been ttcfor about 20 months now. I have had a mc & an ep. I started Clomid (clomiphene) and then femara, but I haven't gotten pregnant in a year. Next step?

TTC 20 months: With a prior ectopic pregnancy, the chance of another can be 25%. Please check the fallopian tubes, semen analysis and consider uterine evaluation with ultrasound or saline sonogram. Depending on findings and your age, either ovulation induction and insemination or ivf will be suggested. ...Read more