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Drug Femara Letrozole
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Letrozole is a commonly used medicine for the prevention/treatment of certain types of breast cancer. It is a safe medicine. It prevents the conversion of male to female hormones. It is also commonly used now for fertility treatment. It can help ovulation and can help a woman make an extra egg sometimes. It is often used instead of Clomid (clomiphene) for fertility treatment ...Read more
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
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
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
On femara (letrozole) fertility drug after ovulation will you get your period if conception doesn't happen?
Yes: It will be very similar to when you ovulate naturally. Good luck! ...Read more
Femara (letrozole): Is a non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor used to treat hormonally responsive breast cancer after surgery. Aromatase is an enzyme that converts androgens to Estrogens which then cause cells to divide. By inhibiting this enzyme, less estrogen is formed, hence less cell replication. ...Read more
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
No: Why would a young child take femara (letrozole)? It is a drug used for the treatment of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. If your child (or grandchild) has taken many of your pills, you should contact your local poison control - usually by calling your local hospital emergency department. ...Read more
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
See full answer: Currently the alternatives to Femara (also known as letrozole) are Arimidex (anastrozole) and Aromasin (exemestane). All 3 belong to a class of medications known as aromatase inhibitors and can help reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence. Another type of medication, tamoxifen, is known as a selective estrogen receptor modulator, or serm - it is primarily used in premenopapusal women. ...Read more
No matter: There are several reasons to take Femara (letrozole) but it should not matter when you take the medication regarding the benefits of its use. It can cause symptoms with dizziness and some people choose to take it before bedtime. You should discuss your other medications with your provider, specifically if you are on thyroid or cholesterol meds, in order to determine interactions and the best time to take it. ...Read more
I have completed first cycle of femara (letrozole). But did not concieved. What can be the possible reasons. Test of my husband are normal.
Luck, No ovulation: Femara is a good drug but if you did not ovulate then no pregnancy. Change dose is no ovulation. Luck - the success rate is about 10-15% per cycle, so try a few more cycles. Femara is not a first line drug. Clomid (clomiphene) actually works better - maybe switch or add clomid (clomiphene). Best wishes. ...Read more
I stored femara (letrozole) at 50 f, even though the leaflet says it has to be stored at 77 f. (short term between 60 and 90 is ok). Can I still take the tablets?
Yes: As long as the package date has not expired. ...Read more
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
Ask prescribing Dr.: A person who is taking Femara (letrozole) (for breast cancer) and has trouble swallowing the pill, should ask the prescribing doctor if the pill can be crushed and mixed with liquid or food. The paperwork about the drug says the drug doesn't dissolve well in water. It doesn't have a warning box saying not to crush the tablet, so probably it is ok to crush up to aid swallowing. ...Read more
Hot flashes, etc.: The most common side effects of Femara (letrozole) include hot flashes, joint pain, headaches, back pain, and increased sweating. Less common side effects include nausea, vomiting, weight changes, and constipation. Despite this laundry list of possibilities, in reality, most people tolerate Femara (letrozole) very well. ...Read more
Different companies: These drugs have different structures but act in the same way. Both are aromatase inhibitors. Arimidex (anastrozole) (generic name anastrazole) and Femara (generic name letrozole) may have different side effects in different women, as well as different costs. They can be used interchangeably. ...Read more