Arimidex (Anastrozole) is a prescription drug. It's used with other treatments, such as radiation or surgery, to treat early breast cancer in women who have experienced menopause (change of life; end of monthly menstrual periods).
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Anastrozole is an aromatase inhibitor. This means it blocks the enzyme aromatase (found in the skin, body's muscle, breast and fat), which is used to convert androgens (hormones produced by the adrenal glands) into estrogens. Tumor cells dependent on estrogens grow less when there is no estrogen.
The dose of Arimidex is one 1 mg pill taken once a day. For patients with advanced breast cancer, Arimidex should be continued until tumor progression.
Femara (Letrozole) is a prescription drug. It's available as an oral tablet. Letrozole used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It is often given to women who have been taking tamoxifen (Soltamox, Nolvadex) for 5 years.
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Letrozole is an aromatase inhibitor. This means it blocks the enzyme aromatase (found in the body's muscle, skin, breast and fat), which is used to convert androgens (hormones produced by the adrenal glands) into estrogen. In the absence of estrogen, tumors dependent on this hormone for growth will shrink.
The recommended dose of Femara is one 2.5 mg pill administered once a day. In patients with advanced disease, treatment with Femara should continue until tumor progression is evident.
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You can not buy arimidex and femara without prescription in the US, Canada, UK and most other countries in the world. You need to get a prescription for cancer drugs from your doctor before being able to access the meds. If you have a prescription, Walgreens, CVS, Walmart or any other online pharmacy will sell drugs for you.
I have been taking Arimidex for 1.5 years. At first the only side affect I had was night sweats. Now I am wearing a wig as I have hair loss, my mouth is always dry, my eyes burn due to dry eyes, my knees hurt and I get weird sensations in my toes. Wondering if it is really helping enough to have these side effects.
I have been taking arimidex for 2 months. Within the first two weeks my osteoarthritis has deteriorated from tolerable to barely able to walk. I can not stand for long periods. My knees get stiff each time I sit. I have received a series if Ortho visc injections and am hoping for a miracle. I must keep working for insurance coverage. I have vision changes, chest and muscle pain,also. I have added fosamax due to the risk of calcium loss since I was diagnosed with osteopenia at the same time as stage 1 breast cancer. I am expertiencing more fatigue with arimidex than after radiation. I am not sure if I can tough this out for five years!
Femara worked great for me. I had many unsuccessful attempts with Chlomid, injectibles and two rounds of IVF. After many failed attempts and/of losses we conceived and carried full term with Femara!
After having a dr prescribe hormones for me for 12 yrs even tho I only had a partial hystromectomy I developed breast cancer. When it was found I was a advanced stage 3 with a tumor just short of a size 8,in my chest wall and left lymnodes. After massive chemo for 6 months it shrunk to a size 2, then came the double masectomy and nodes removed followed by 30 hits of heavy radiation. This all began in may of 2013 and now in October of 2015 in total remission. I am so thankful to my Drs et however the side effects of all of the treatments and continued treatment of Letrozole are awful. I feel 90 and have sudden bouts where I can't breathe and hurt all over. I hate it.
I took fermara i tried for 3 years to get pregnant once i took it i felt a huge diff in my right ovary so we had sex and bam i was pregnant with my baby boy hes gonna b 3 in Nov with no birth defects at all.. hope this helps.