Answers to frequently asked questions for anyone taking, or considering taking, ARIMIDEX. Always speak with your doctor or health care provider before making any decisions about taking 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, osteoporosis, fractures,* swelling of arms/legs, insomnia, and headache.
*Fractures (including fractures of the spine, hip, and wrist) occurred more frequently with ARIMIDEX than with tamoxifen (10% vs 7%).
You should also know that:
The dose for ARIMIDEX is 1 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 dosage and taking ARIMIDEX, and get tips for remembering to take your medication.
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ARIMIDEX is approved for adjuvant treatment (treatment following surgery with or without radiation) of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer.
ARIMIDEX is approved for the initial treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive or hormone receptor-unknown locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer and for the treatment of postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer that has progressed following treatment with tamoxifen. Patients with hormone receptor-negative disease and patients who did not previously respond to tamoxifen therapy rarely responded to ARIMIDEX.
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