Anastrozole

Description

Anastrozole is used along with other therapies in the treatment of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. This medicine is also used to treat women whose breast cancer has worsened after tamoxifen therapy.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Anastrozole

  • Blurred vision
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Hair loss
  • Change in mood
  • Hot flashes
  • Cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Joint pain
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain

Uses of Anastrozole

What is it prescribed for?

  • Breast cancer
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 24 hours of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to anastrozole.

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women due to the increased risk of fetal harm.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Premenopausal women

This medicine is not recommended for use in premenopausal women with breast cancer.

Osteoporosis

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with osteoporosis due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Missed Dose

If a dose of Anastrozole is missed, take the dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Estradiol

Tamoxifen

Thalidomide

Disease interactions

Cardiovascular disease

This medicine should be used with caution in women with pre-existing ischemic heart disease due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Hyperlipidemia

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of hyperlipidemia due to the increased risk of further elevation of cholesterol levels. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Liver Disease

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of liver diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Anastrozole as instructed by the doctor. Do not take larger amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe side effects. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Anastrozole works by lowering the estrogen formation in postmenopausal women. This leads to a decrease in the size and growth of many types of breast cancer cells.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Aromatase inhibitors, Hormones/antineoplastics

Schedule

N/A

Anastrozole - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 18 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01217

Anastrozole: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 18 August 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a696018.html

[Internet]. 2017 [cited 18 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2004/020541s015.pdf

DailyMed - ANASTROZOLE - anastrozole tablet [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 18 August 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=a96e22b2-eca3-4438-b959-dc5381085d31

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 18 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

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Information on this page was last updated on 29 Aug 2017

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