What Is Anastrozole?
Anastrozole is a drug used to treat breast cancer in post-menopausal women (women who have gone through the menopause). Taken as a tablet once a day, it’s a type of hormone therapy (also known as endocrine therapy) and belongs to a group of drugs called aromatase inhibitors.
Anastrozole is the generic (non-branded) name of the drug. You may also hear it called Arimidex, which is its most well-known branded name, but there are a number of other brands of anastrozole that your doctor may prescribe. All brands contain the same dose of the drug.
Benefits of Arimidex
The large ATAC (Arimidex, Tamoxifen Alone or in Combination) trial compared Arimidex to tamoxifen after surgery. The researchers wanted to know how the medicines worked by themselves as well as together to see which combination would be the best treatment for postmenopausal women diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Based on the results of this trial, giving Arimidex and tamoxifen at the same time isn’t recommended.
Important information Need To Know Before Taking Arimidex
Do not use Arimidex if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
Arimidex may not work as well if you take it together with estrogen medication (such as hormone replacement therapy, estrogen creams, or birth control pills, injections, implants, skin patches, and vaginal rings).
Arimidex may increase your risk of a stroke or blood clot. Call your doctor at once if you have sudden numbness or weakness, (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, or problems with vision or balance.