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    Information about Anastrozole

    Anastrozole uses

    Anastrozole is used in the treatment of breast cancer. It is used with other treatments, such as surgery or radiation, to treat breast cancer in women who have attained menopause.

    How anastrozole works

    Anastrozole is an aromatase inhibitor. It works by lowering the amount of estrogen (natural female hormone) produced in the body. This can lower or stop the growth of some breast cancer cells that need estrogen to grow.

    Common side effects of anastrozole

    Headache, Hot flushes, Nausea, Skin rash, Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Osteoporosis, Weakness

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    Expert advice for Anastrozole

    • Your doctor has prescribed Anastrozole to treat breast cancer.
    • Anastrozole lowers estrogen production in your body and reduces the growth of hormone-sensitive tumours.
    • Anastrozole can be taken with food or on an empty stomach with a glass of water or juice.
    • Nausea (upset stomach) and hot flashes (sudden sweating and feelings of warmth) may occur on starting treatment with Anastrozole but should go away with time. If nausea is bothersome, take it after meal.
    • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible if it is within 12 hours of the missed dose. If it is more than 12 hours, skip the missed dose and follow your regular dosing schedule.

    Frequently asked questions for Anastrozole


    Q. Is Anastrozole a steroid/hormone?

    No. Anastrozole is a non-steroidal drug used in the treatment of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. It does not have a structure or effect similar to steroids. It is not a hormone

    Q. Is Anastrozole a chemo drug/considered chemotherapy/chemotoxic?

    Yes. Anastrozole is a non-steroidal chemo drug. It is used as a part of chemotherapy or with other chemotoxic agents in the treatment of early-stage or advanced breast cancer in post-menopausal women

    Q. Is Anastrozole a controlled substance/illegal?

    No. Anastrozole is not a controlled substance and does not have a potential for addiction and abuse. It is not an illegal drug

    Q. Is anastrozole better than tamoxifen?

    Anastrozole and tamoxifen are two different drugs with similar uses but different mechanism of action and so cannot be compared

    Q. Is Anastrozole same as Arimidex?

    Yes. Arimidex is a trade name for active drug Anastrozole

    Q. Can I take anastrozole/arimidex with proviron/ glucosamine/ melatonin/ aspirin/ turmeric/ ibuprofen?

    Anastrozole (trade name: arimidex) has no known serious interaction with mesterolone (trade name: proviron), glucosamine, melatonin, aspirin, turmeric or ibuprofen. Please inform your doctor about all the medication you are currently taking to avoid interactions that may reduce effectiveness of any treatment or aggravate side effects

    Q. Does Anastrozole cause weight gain/hair loss/high blood pressure/arthritis/raise cholesterol/ joint pain?

    Yes. Increase in body weight, hair loss, high blood pressure, inflammation of joints (arthritis), raised blood levels of cholesterol and joint pain are among the possible side effects of Anastrozole

    Q. Does anastrozole increase testosterone?

    No. Anastrozole has no known effect in raising testosterone levels

    Q. Does Anastrozole help gyno?

    Anastrozole has no known effect on breast enlargement in men. ‘Gyno’ is a slang word used commonly among body builders for gynecomastia (enlargement of breasts in men).

    Content on this page was last updated on 15 February, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)