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What is femara (letrozole)?

What is femara (letrozole)?

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

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What are some alternate medicines for femara (letrozole)?

What are some alternate medicines for femara (letrozole)?

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

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What is the use of femara (letrozole) safe for children?

What is the use of femara (letrozole) safe for children?

Fulmars: This drug is an "aromatase inhibitor". It inhibits testosterone conversion. I personally do not use it because it is not fda approved and really has not been accepted as efficacious by mainstream endocrinologists. ...Read more

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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 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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Does femara work better than clomid (clomiphene)?

No, similar success: In most studies comparing Clomid (clomiphene) and Femara the pregnancy rates are similar and neither has been found to be superior to the other. Femara for fertility is an "off-label" indication, meaning this drug was not designed for this purpose. There are pros and cons of both Clomid (clomiphene) and Femara and they have different side effect profiles. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you. ...Read more

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Is femara (letrozole) safe for young children?

Is femara (letrozole) safe for young children?

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

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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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