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What happens if I miss a dose of anastrozole?

What happens if I miss a dose of anastrozole?

Its okay: One missed dose will have little significance. Like most drugs, it stays in your system for a while and the effects/benefits last beyond the dose taken. Studies have shown that even when hormonal therapy is discontinued at 5 years, the curves plotting benefit continue to separate for several years afterwards. ...Read more

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Dr. Sean Canale
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Anastrozole (Definition)

Anastrozole (marketed under the trade name Arimidex (anastrozole) by astrazeneca) is an aromatase-inhibiting drug approved for treatment of breast cancer after surgery, as well as for metastasis in both pre and post-menopausal women. The severity of breast cancer is increased by estrogen, as sex hormones cause hyperplasia, and differentiation ...Read more


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My dr just put me on 1mg arimidex (anastrozole) once a day for gynecomastia. Can. You tell me more about this medication and the dose I am taking?

My dr just put me on 1mg arimidex (anastrozole) once a day for gynecomastia. Can. You tell me more about this medication and the dose I am taking?

Arimidex (anastrozole) is: a testosterone blocker. When too much testosterone turns into estrogen gynecomastia, excess breast tissue in men, can occur. Certainly speak w/your prescribing physician or an endocrinologist. Men who take testosterone can develop excessive breast tissue but that is not the only cause. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I stop taking my anastrozole pill because I have know insurance and i can't pay for it. What will happen to me? I've only took it for 2 years.

Anastrozole: You should take it for 5 years at lease. I understand your problem. Talk to your doctor about this before stopping the pill. He may have ideas that can help. You can apply for public assistance at the medicaid office. ...Read more

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What is right anastrozole dosage?

What is right anastrozole dosage?

Depends: If you are using this off label for estrogen blockade in the context of testosterone usage; then anywhere form 1-2mg/week works well. See a doc who specializes in hormone replacement therapy. This is beyond the scope of most primary care docs out there. www.blueskymd.com. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: anastrozole?

What is the definition or description of: anastrozole?

See below: Anastrozole (marketed under the trade name Arimidex (anastrozole) by astrazeneca) is an aromatase-inhibiting drug approved for treatment of breast cancer after surgery, as well as for metastasis in both pre and post-menopausal women. The severity of breast cancer is increased by estrogen, as sex hormones cause hyperplasia, and differentiation at estrogen receptor sites. ...Read more

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Does anastrozole cause osteoporosis?

Does anastrozole cause osteoporosis?

Yes: Yes drugs that block the effects of estrogen can lead to bone loss and anastrosole is one of those medications. ...Read more

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How does arimidex (anastrozole) work?

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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What calcium should I take with anastrozole?

What calcium should I take with anastrozole?

CALCIUM + VIT D: The daily calcium requirement is between 1000 - 1200 mg. You can easily find calcium supplements of 400, 500 and 600 mg and taking 2 a day will help you meet your requirements. Calcium carbonate is the best absorbed, but remember to take it along or in combination with vit d 600-1000 iu/day. ...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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Is it ok to take anastrozole if you have a bad kidney?

Is it ok to take anastrozole if you have a bad kidney?

I can find: reasons why especially considering the fact that all it takes is ONE kidney to have NORMAL RENAL FUNCTION! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...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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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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Can anastrozole clear up gyno?

Can anastrozole clear up gyno?

Anastrozole: Aromatase inhibitor, given to treat breast cancer that expresses estrogen/ Progesterone receptors, in other words, cancer that is hormone responsive. ...Read more

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Can anastrozole make your under activethyroid go wrong?

Not likely . . .: Check out https://online.Epocrates.Com/noframe/showpage.Do?Method=drugs&monographid=403&activesectionid=10 for info re anastrozole. I could not find any link to thyroid concerns. It might increase testosterone production . . ...Read more