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What's the difference between arimidex and femara (letrozole)?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Very little

Both of these drugs are aromatase inhibitors and are used to treat post-menopausal hormone-sensitive breast cancer patients.
Their chemical structure is remarkably similar. No study has ever compared these two drugs "head-to-head", so it is hard to recommend one over the other. If one of my patient's side effects are so severe that they are contemplating stopping the med, i switch to another.

In brief: Very little

Both of these drugs are aromatase inhibitors and are used to treat post-menopausal hormone-sensitive breast cancer patients.
Their chemical structure is remarkably similar. No study has ever compared these two drugs "head-to-head", so it is hard to recommend one over the other. If one of my patient's side effects are so severe that they are contemplating stopping the med, i switch to another.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery

In brief: 3 choices

There is a 3rd aromatase inhibitor (ai) on the market called aromasin (exemestane).
The structure of this ai is slightly different and it binds irreversably to aromatase, however no clinical difference is evident with this ai in comparison to the others. Furthermore, all 3 are currently available as generics.

In brief: 3 choices

There is a 3rd aromatase inhibitor (ai) on the market called aromasin (exemestane).
The structure of this ai is slightly different and it binds irreversably to aromatase, however no clinical difference is evident with this ai in comparison to the others. Furthermore, all 3 are currently available as generics.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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