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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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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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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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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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I have been prescribed femara (letrozole) and am wondering how most women do on it. The internet blogs are terrifying. Do most gain weight, lose hair, feel tired?

I have been prescribed femara (letrozole) and am wondering how most women do on it. The internet blogs are terrifying. Do most gain weight, lose hair, feel tired?

No fear: Yes, some women will gain weight, get thinning hair, most will have bone aches or hot flashes. Some may even lose bone density but overall, Femara (letrozole) is a good drug and its benefits far outweigh side effects. Some go away in time and worse case scenario, they go away if your doc stops the drug. Don't do like the girl in the tv commercial dating a french model. Not all you read in the web is true. ...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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