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What is Arimidex 

Arimidex 1 mg, containing Anastrozole, is used to treat early breast cancer in postmenopausal women. 

It is used for the first-line treatment of Metastatic (cancer that has spread) Breast Cancer in postmenopausal women.

This medicine also treats patients whose Breast Cancer worsened after taking Tamoxifen (Nolvadex).

It is a prescription-based medicine prescribed only to people with a known medical condition. 

AstraZeneca is the leading pharmaceutical company that manufactures Arimidex. 

Arimidex uses

It is prescribed alone or with other treatments to treat early Breast Cancer in postmenopausal women. 

This medicine is also occasionally used to prevent Breast Cancer in women who are at a high risk of developing it. 

Breast Cancer 

Breast Cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. 

It happens in different forms. Which type of Breast Cancer you have depends on which cells in your breast become cancerous.

Being a woman and becoming older are the primary factors that increase the risk of Breast Cancer. 

The majority of Breast Cancers occur in women aged 50 or older.

Amiridex effectively treats the symptoms of early Breast Cancer in postmenopausal women. 

How Arimidex works 

Arimidex contains Anastrozole, which belongs to a class of medications called Nonsteroidal Aromatase Inhibitors.

Many Breast Cancers are made to grow faster by a natural hormone called Estrogen. 

This medication reduces the body's production of Estrogen to which the Breast cancer tumor is exposed.

As a result, it slows down or reverses the growth of these Breast Cancers.  

How to take Arimidex 

Always adhere to your doctor's instructions. 

  • As your doctor instructs, take this medication orally with or without food, generally once daily
  • Use this medication routinely to obtain the maximum benefit
  • Take your dosage at the same time daily to help you remember
  • Do not use Arimidex 1 mg more frequently or for longer than suggested. Your condition will not improve any faster, and you will be at a greater risk for severe side effects
  • Pregnant women shouldn't take this medication as it can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby 

Arimidex 1mg side effects

Arimidex may cause side effects, most of which are minor and temporary. 

Common side effects:

  • Chest pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Pounding in the ears
  • Slow or Fast heartbeat
  • Headache
  • Bone pain

Rare side effects:

  • Cough
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Painful urination

If these side effects cause you any worry, consult your doctor. 

Interactions

Occasionally, Arimidex may interact with certain medications and diseases. It might have unexpected adverse effects. Make sure to talk to your doctor to learn about any interactions. 

Drug Interactions

This medicine may interact with other medicines.

Disease Interactions

This medicine is known to have interaction with certain diseases. 

  • Osteoporosis
  • Hepatic Dysfunction
  • Cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular

Precautions

Before using Amiridex, some points must be adhered to:

  • This medication is only administered to women who have stopped menstruating (postmenopausal)
  • It is essential that your doctor monitor your improvement at frequent intervals to ensure that this medication is effective
  • Blood testing may be required to detect adverse effects
  • This medication should not be taken with Tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Soltamox)
  • It may trigger life-threatening allergic responses, such as Anaphylaxis and Angioedema, which require immediate medical attention
  • Immediately contact your doctor if you experience itching, hives, hoarseness, difficulty breathing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or lips while taking this medication
  • Consult your doctor if you develop chest discomfort or breathing difficulties
  • In women with a history of Ischemic heart disease, this medication may raise the risk of cardiovascular issues, including Heart attack
  • Long-term usage of this medicine may decrease bone mineral density. A low bone mineral density can lead to bone weakness and Osteoporosis
  • This medication may increase your blood cholesterol or fat levels. If this occurs, your physician may prescribe medication to reduce your cholesterol and fat levels

Storage

  • Store Amiridex at room temperature, away from light and moisture
  • Keep it away from the reach of children

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the purpose of taking Arimidex?

Anastrozole is a type of hormone therapy, and its brand name, Arimidex, is also well-known. It is a way to treat Breast Cancer that is sensitive to hormones. Arimidex can only be used by the postmenopausal woman. 

What are the side effects of taking Arimidex?

There may be hot flashes, headaches, trouble sleeping, dizziness, stomach upset, nausea or vomiting, constipation, Diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight gain, tiredness or weakness, more coughing, or a sore throat. Tell your doctor right away if any of these effects last or get worse.

Why does taking Arimidex make me lose hair?

Amiridex causes hair loss because it lowers Estrogen, Anastrozole may cause hair to be thin, but it is not likely to cause complete hair loss. Most women's hair loss gets better after the first year of taking Anastrozole, but some women may have hair loss for the rest of their treatment.

When you stop taking Arimidex, what does it do to your body?

In clinical trials, no new side effects were found after you stopped taking Arimidex. Among the side effects that should go away quickly are chest pain and dizziness. 

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