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(Generic alternative to Arimidex)

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What is Arimidex /Anastrozole used for?

Arimidex is used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women by lowering estrogen levels and slow the growth of certain types of breast tumors.

How should Arimidex /Anastrozole be stored?

Store Arimidex at room temperature away from heat and moisture.

General information

This medication should only be used by prescribed patient, do not give it to other people. The information provided is advisory only and does not contain all information pertaining to this medication. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for question about this medication.

How should I take Arimidex/Anastrozole ?

Arimidex should be taken as prescribed by your physician. Follow the directions on the medication label for exact instructions. Do not take more or for longer than has been prescribed. Generally, Arimidex is taken once per day and may need to be taken for up to 5 years. If you miss a dose of Arimidex, take it as soon as possible. If you do not remember until it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at one time to make up for a missed dose.

When should Arimidex /Anastrozole not be taken?

Do not take Arimidex if you are allergic to anastrazole or to any of the other ingredients in the medication. Do not take this medication if you are pregnant or breast-feeding as it can cause harm to an unborn or nursing baby.

What precautions should I follow when taking Arimidex /Anastrozole ?

Consult with your physician before taking Arimidex and tell them if you have any medical conditions, allergies, or if you are taking any other medications. Be sure to tell them if you have any of the following: circulation problems, osteoporosis, severe liver disease, history of stroke or blood clot, heart disease or you have not yet completed menopause.

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Arimidex /Anastrozole ?

Arimidex may not work as efficiently if taken together with an estrogen mediation or tamoxifen. Arimidex can cause harm to an unborn baby – do not use if you are pregnant. Use effective birth control and let your doctor know immediately if you become pregnant at anytime during treatment. Arimidex can impair your reactions or thinking. Be careful if you are driving or doing anything that requires you to be alert and awake.

When should Arimidex /Anastrozole not be taken?

Severe side effects include: severe allergic reactions; chest pain; signs of a severe skin reaction: high fever; rash, sores, or painful blisters on the skin, in the mouth, or eyes; or skin peeling off; signs of a blood clot in the leg: leg swelling, cramping, or discolouration; signs of a blood clot in the lungs: difficulty breathing, coughing up blood, chest pain or heart palpitations (unusual heartbeat with feeling of pounding or fluttering in chest); and anxiety or sweating;

Common side effects include: back pain; increased or decreased appetite; trouble sleeping; cough; diarrhea; bone pain; dizziness; fainting; flu-like symptoms; constipation; flushing; abdominal pain; hot flashes; headache; nausea or vomiting; skin rash; muscle stiffness; sore throat; weakness; dry mouth; and weight gain.

Other side effects include: depression; unusual vaginal discharge, itching, or bleeding; mood changes; swelling of the feet, legs, or arms; and pelvic pain.

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