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Is anyone taking anastrozole and what are your side effects?

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  • Mary Ann Eisenberg Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    I am taking it now. One mg a day. I have no side effects. I had Stage three Breast Cancer. Had mastectomy in September, diagnosed end of August. Did not have to have chemo or radiation. Cancer free yippee!
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    • Virgínia  guerra  Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes ! ,!

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  • Lisa Cefaratti Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    I was diagnosed in July of 2009, total Right mastectomy on 9/14/09, followed by 4 rounds of chemo which started in the end of October 2009 and ended in February of 2010. I started on Tamoxifen because I was not menopausal until I started chemo, but was not post-menopausal until this past November. My Oncologist switched me from Tamoxifen to Anastrozole. I was on it for about 4 months and I started having a lot of pain and swelling in my hands and feet, also i cold not sleep at night. The insomnia was so bad, I went almost 4 nights without sleeping. I had terrible headaches, and very bad confusion. I could not concentrate or multitask...it was awful!! I went to my doctor and she took me off the Anastrozole and wanted to see me in two months. When I went two months later, she put me on another A.I. (aromotase inhibitor), that was similar to Anastrozole, but chemically a little different. Well, long story short, I did not tolerate that either. So she was going to put me back on Tamoxifen, but I lost my medical benefits, and my job, and I can't afford the medication out of pocket. I did some research and found that chrysin, a flavonoid found in passionflower, has aromotase inhibitor action. Taken with piperine adds to the effects. Nature has provided an abundance of aromatase inhibitors You don't have to take drugs to inhibit aromatase. Nature has provided plants that will get the job done without harmful side effects. In April, Natural News ran an article about the powerful aromatase inhibiting ability of chrysin (http://www.naturalnews.com/026086.html), a flavonoid from the passion flower plant. Research showed that chrysin worked as well to inhibit the aromatase enzyme as a drug designed for that purpose. Chrysin is normally taken as a supplement along with piperine which greatly enhances its bioavailability. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/026514_cancer_breast_natural.html#ixzz21EjM5XR8 This was one of my sources. The anastrozole is over $600.00 per month out of pocket, and the passionflower suspension only costs $12.00 per month supply. I get it at Whole Foods. Some people feel more comfortable with modern medicine, but if there are herbs that do the same thing, I'm all for that. In hindsight, I never would have done chemo. Good luck to all my sisters, whatever you choose to do for yourself, remember it IS YOUR CHOICE!!!!!
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  • Mary Foti Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    Is that generic for arimidex?
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    • Susan Green Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      yes. I just started my treatment about three weeks ago and was wondering what to expect.

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    • Mary Foti Profile
      anónimo
      Sobreviviente desde 2010

      Susan, I started taking arimidex (the generic version) after my hysterectomy in October. I had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and found out I was BRCA2+ so I had the other breast removed and a hysterectomy too. Anyway, I find arimidex...

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      Susan, I started taking arimidex (the generic version) after my hysterectomy in October. I had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and found out I was BRCA2+ so I had the other breast removed and a hysterectomy too. Anyway, I find arimidex to have some unpleasant side effects but I am able to live with them for the moment. The main issue is joint and bone pain. My hips are very stiff - and I don't have arthritis; I am 42. Sometimes I get pain in my femurs - the big bones in your thigh area. I also occasionally get back pain. These have been uncomfortable to say the least, but I manage them with a lot of yoga and walking. If I am active, I am less stiff. I wish you well with it. Keep in mind everyone reacts to these drugs differently - my sister-in-law takes it too and has zero side effects. Let me know how it works for you.

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    • Nancy L Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi, Susan,
      I've been taking anastrozole 4 1/2 years, following a mastectomy for type 2A breast cancer. The main side effect I've had has been the joint pain, mainly in my knees and feet. I've kept active through these past years, and the...

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      Hi, Susan,
      I've been taking anastrozole 4 1/2 years, following a mastectomy for type 2A breast cancer. The main side effect I've had has been the joint pain, mainly in my knees and feet. I've kept active through these past years, and the discomfort usually eases up quickly. Mornings are the worst, but once I start to move around it goes away. I've also developed osteopenia (the precursor to osteoporosis) and have taken Actonel to reverse that. Be sure that you have regular bone density tests to check for that; mine are every 6 months.
      Although I've had some uncomfortable aches and pains, I try to look upon this anastrozole as a life saver for me, and I'm so thankful to have it.
      I hope your side effects are mild, too.

      Take care-
      Nancy

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    • Jan  Hasak Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I took it for six years but have been off it now for two. When I was taking it, the main side effect was pain in my hands. It was like an achy feeling. I also had hot flashes, but they may just have been from the menopause. I'm not sure if they...

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      I took it for six years but have been off it now for two. When I was taking it, the main side effect was pain in my hands. It was like an achy feeling. I also had hot flashes, but they may just have been from the menopause. I'm not sure if they were worse when I was taking anastrozole.

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    • Becky card swerdloff  Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I decided against taking it or anything like it. I checked with my doctors and the side effects were more definite than the anti cancer statistics for taking it. I may be being foolish for doing this. I have horses and my daily quality of life...

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      I decided against taking it or anything like it. I checked with my doctors and the side effects were more definite than the anti cancer statistics for taking it. I may be being foolish for doing this. I have horses and my daily quality of life is important. I don;t want any more doctors or pain than necessary so I opted out. I have been cancer free for only two years since my lumpectomy. I was only stage 1. If I had been a higher stage or my brac test I was prone to cancer I would probably take it.

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    • Virgínia  guerra  Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Virgínia Guerra, Brazil
      I had only lumpectomy last September. My Oncotype-DX was 11, so I did only had radiation.
      I am taking Arimidex for 2 months. I have some pains on hands and hips. And also hot flashes, I had them already due to...

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      Virgínia Guerra, Brazil
      I had only lumpectomy last September. My Oncotype-DX was 11, so I did only had radiation.
      I am taking Arimidex for 2 months. I have some pains on hands and hips. And also hot flashes, I had them already due to menopause. Also I think my hair is week, but its getting better with Calcium and D Vitamin.

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    • Susan Green Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Thank all of you for your input. I really appreciate it. and good luck to all of you!

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    • Susan Green Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      My side effects have been pain in my shoulders and I am very tired, it seems that it just draing all of my energy. I take a ginseng tablet daily plus my vitamins and this helps. Thank you all for your comments. Good luck to you all!

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  • Maggir Barnett Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    All meds have side effects and possible drug interactions. Do your self a favor and don't read about them. Just if you get some really interactions call 911, md ect. If you read about them, honestly you might wonder if it is a side effect or just something else. Your pharmacist is a good resource, always fill all your prescriptions at the same pharmacy. Good luck! I m starting chemo in about ten days! Maggie
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