Anastrazole (Anastrozole) is prescribed to treat post menopausal women with breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. It may be used by itself, along with surgery, or with other treatments in some cases. The medicine reduces oestrogen production in the body to slow or stop the growth of tumours that use this hormone to grow larger.
Dosage and Administration
Your doctor will determine the best dosage of Anastrazole (Anastrozole) based on your symptoms and current health. It is normally taken once a day, but the correct dosage will vary greatly between patients. These tablets should be swallowed with a full glass of water and can be taken with or without food. The medication is meant to be taken consistently over the course of long-term treatment that may take years in some cases. Do not make any adjustments or stop taking the tablets unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
Some side effects can appear while using Anastrazole (Anastrozole). Mild problems that may occur include coughing, numbness or tingling in the hands, flushing, joint stiffness, nausea, back pain, vaginal itching, or thinning hair. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any intense or troubling symptoms including signs of an allergic reaction (swelling, hives, skin rash, or trouble breathing), swelling, thinning bones, severe headaches, confusion, intense nausea, or jaundice. Your doctor may suggest reducing your dosage or making other changes to prevent more problems from occurring.
Anastrazole (Anastrozole) should not be used if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have not yet gone through menopause. It is also important to inform your doctor if you have or are at risk for osteoporosis in case it is necessary to make adjustments to prevent unexpected problems from occurring.
If you are not sure you have gone through menopause yet, do not begin using the medicine so that your hormone levels can be tested. You are also not recommended to drive or perform hazardous tasks until you know how the medication will affect you as dizziness or confusion can result.
Anastrazole (Anastrozole) should never be used by women who are pregnant, who may possibly become pregnant, or who are breastfeeding. This medication can have very serious effects on your child and is excreted through breastmilk. If you have questions about the medicine or if you are attempting to conceive, discuss the treatment with your doctor to prevent serious problems.