Question: Is anastrozole a high risk medication?

Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole) is now an option to lower breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women at high risk of the disease who have not been diagnosed, according to updated guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Is anastrozole safer than tamoxifen?

Earlier ATAC results showed that women taking Arimidex had an overall lower risk of recurrence compared to women taking tamoxifen. These latest ATAC results found the link between lower risk of recurrence and Arimidex continued.

Can you take anastrozole long term?

“We have confirmed that the benefit of [anastrozole] lasts long term. In addition, although there are early musculoskeletal events associated with aromatase inhibitors, in the long term this does not appear to impact compliance or increase the risk for fractures.”

Should I switch from tamoxifen to anastrozole?

Conclusions: Switching to anastrozole after the first 2-3 years of treatment was confirmed to improve event-free and relapse-free survival of postmenopausal, node-positive, ER-positive early breast cancer patients already receiving adjuvant tamoxifen.

How quickly does Arimidex lower estrogen?

The recommended daily dose, ARIMIDEX 1 mg, reduced estradiol by approximately 70% within 24 hours and by approximately 80% after 14 days of daily dosing.

Why do I have to take anastrozole for 10 years?

The extension of the treatment period of adjuvant treatment with anastrozole to 10 years showed significantly higher rates of disease-free survival (DFS) and distant disease-free survival (DDFS) among certain patients with breast cancer; however, no gain in overall survival (OS) was seen in the randomized, multicenter, ...

How can I lose weight while taking anastrozole?

Some ways to lose weight include:Count calories.Calories should be in the form of nutritious foods, such as fruits and vegetables, not sweets, alcohol, or white bread.Avoid or limit alcohol.Get moving – try to exercise for at least an hour on four days of the week, more if this is possible. •26 May 2020

What can I take instead of anastrozole?

Two other aromatase inhibitors, exemestane and letrozole, can be used instead of anastrozole to help reduce your risk of breast cancer recurrence.

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