FAQs About ARIMIDEX
If you are fighting early breast cancer, you may have many questions about
treatment with ARIMIDEX. While you'll find answers to some of those
questions here, the best way to get the information you need is to speak directly
to your doctor. Together, you and your doctor can decide upon a course of treatment
that is right for you.
Frequently asked questions for patients considering ARIMIDEX
Should I take ARIMIDEX for my early breast cancer?
If you are postmenopausal
and have been diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer, and have recently undergone
surgery with radiation,
ARIMIDEX may be right for you. Discuss all your treatment options with your doctor.
What are the most common side effects of ARIMIDEX?
In the early breast cancer clinical trial, the most common side effects seen with ARIMIDEX included hot flashes,
joint symptoms (including arthritis and arthralgia), weakness, mood changes, pain,
back pain, sore throat, nausea and vomiting, rash, depression, high blood pressure,
swelling of arms/legs, insomnia, and headache.
You should also know that
- You should speak with your doctor about any bone tests needed to determine your
risk for osteoporosis
- ARIMIDEX should not be taken with tamoxifen or with estrogen-containing therapies
Find out more about possible side effects
Get tips on coping with side effects
Who should not take ARIMIDEX?
Do not take ARIMIDEX if you
- Are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or plan to get pregnant
- Have not finished menopause
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients in ARIMIDEX. See the full Prescribing Information for a complete list
- Are a child
Is ARIMIDEX a type of cytotoxic chemotherapy?
ARIMIDEX is a hormonal treatment
(also called hormonal therapy), not a cytotoxic chemotherapy. It works by reducing the amount of estrogen produced
by your body. For more details, see how ARIMIDEX
Frequently asked questions for patients taking or about to start taking ARIMIDEX
How do I take ARIMIDEX?
The dose for ARIMIDEX is one small tablet that you swallow once a day. Take ARIMIDEX
exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your
next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next regularly scheduled dose. Learn
more about taking ARIMIDEX and get tips for
remembering to take your medication
How long should I take ARIMIDEX?
Take ARIMIDEX until your doctor tells you to stop. Participants in the early breast
cancer clinical trial, called the ATAC breast
cancer clinical trial ("ATAC" stands for "ARIMIDEX,
Tamoxifen Alone or
in Combination"), were treated for 5 years.