What is Arimidex (Anastrozole) used for?
Arimidex (Anastrozole) is an oral medication prescribed to treat postmenopausal women suffering from breast tumors. It is a non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor that operates by reducing levels of estrogen which is associated with the growth of tumors. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Arimidex (Anastrozole)?
Arimidex (Anastrozole) should always be used according to your physician's instructions to ensure the safest and most effective results. One tablet is typically taken once daily, but your particular instructions may differ depending on the severity of your symptoms and your current health condition. Swallow the tablets whole and unaltered along with a large glass of water. They may be taken with or without food, but a meal or snack is recommended if you experience nausea. Never crush, split, or chew the tablets before use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication prior to use to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Arimidex (Anastrozole)?
Some patients using Arimidex (Anastrozole) have reported experiencing side effects including:
More serious side effects that may need emergency medical attention are swollen glands, osteoporosis, sudden numbness on one side of the body, severe nausea, swelling in the hands or feet, severe skin rashes, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Immediately inform your physician about any conditions that are intense or worrying to you to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your dosage to prevent further complications from occurring.
Arimidex (Anastrozole) should not be used to treat patients who are men, pre-menopausal women, pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, or have severely decreased liver or kidney function. These conditions may require reduced dosages to prevent further complications from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Arimidex (Anastrozole). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.