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.
Yes, Femistra Tablet may cause weight gain, but it is not very common. There could be other reasons as well which can lead to weight gain such as menopause. However, if you gain weight while taking Femistra Tablet, take low-calorie diet and exercise regularly. Consult your doctor or a nutritionist to help you lose weight.
Q. Does Femistra Tablet cause hair loss?
Yes, Femistra Tablet commonly affects the hair by making them thin which further leads to hair loss. However, it does not occur in everyone. Hair thinning probably occurs due to estrogen lowering effect of Femistra Tablet. These effects are not permanent and may revert after some time. If it concerns you then talk to your doctor for another alternative medicine to avoid damage to hair.
Q. Why do bodybuilders use Femistra Tablet?
Bodybuilders who take anabolic steroids for bodybuilding take Femistra Tablet to reduce the production of estrogen which is a side effect of anabolic steroids. An increase in estrogen levels in bodybuilders may result in high pitched female voice, shrinking of the testicles or penis, and breast enlargement. In order to avoid such characteristics bodybuilders take Femistra Tablet.
Q. Can Femistra Tablet be taken at night?
Femistra Tablet can be taken anytime of the day. Take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You can take it with or without food. Do not crush, break, or chew the tablet.
Q. While on Femistra Tablet how should patients be monitored?
While you are taking Femistra Tablet your doctor will get blood tests done to check blood cell counts and investigate liver and kidney functions. Along with that, the doctor may advise a bone scan if you are at risk for osteoporosis, which may also occur due to Femistra Tablet treatment.
Q. In what situations should I contact my doctor, while taking Femistra Tablet?
You should contact your doctor if you experience any serious adverse reaction. It is important to inform the doctor in case of prolonged or severe nausea or vomiting, extreme weakness, and extreme pain. Along with that, consult your dotor if you have taken more than the recommended dose of Femistra Tablet.
Q. What is the most important information that I should know about Femistra Tablet?
The most important information that you need to be aware of while using Femistra Tablet is that it can cause heart disease. Women who have early breast cancer and have blockage of arteries in the heart may have an increase in symptoms of decreased blood flow to their heart. Seek help if you experience shortness of breath or have a new or worsening chest pain.
Q. Which medicines should not be used with Femistra Tablet?
Femistra Tablet should not be used with tamoxifen as it may lower the effectiveness of Femistra Tablet. The working of Femistra Tablet gets affected by medicines which contain estrogen such as birth control pills, estrogen creams, vaginal rings, and vaginal suppositories.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 4th Mar 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.