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What happens when you stop taking anastrozole?

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I am new to this site and also have questions about Anastrozole. I’ve been on it 3.5 years now, and am scheduled to take it for 5 years. I’m VERY concerned about bone loss and have many of the side effects. My doctor won’t even talk with me about stopping it early, and I feel she’s not listening to me. If I make it to the 4 year mark, what is the cancer reoccurrence vs the continued side effects? I really, really want to be done with this medication.

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When a doctor won't talk to you about a concern, it might be time to get second opinion. I would suggest that. Also, do remember that no matter what anyone else says--you yourself are the final judge of what you will and will not do. More information should be helpful, and then come to a reasonable decision. Wishing you the best with this.

I have been taking Anastrozole for 4.5 years. I am due to stop in January 31, 2023. I can hardly wait. Because of all the side effects I am experiencing; muscle aches and pain, hair loss, constipation, bone loss; I would like to begin to taper off in order to find out if it is the true cause of my bone density issues and all the rest. I have been told by docs to take Reclast to help with my bone loss. But it is a drug with side effects and that worries me. I do not want to compound the problems I am already experiencing. I would personally like to get off of it and then see if my condition improves. But am I playing Russian roulette with my bones? I am just scared of taking the Reclast. I was also informed not to stop taking Anastrozele early. And I so want to be done with it, too!
I am in the same boat as you. I wish I had advice but I am doing what you are. I can't wait to be done!

After my radiation treatment I started taking Anastrozole. My doctor started the Prolia shots right away to help protect my bones. You get the shots 2 times a year. The biggest concern is having dental work while on it. The timing has to be planned because of the bone growth in the jaws.

I took it for 4 and a half. I had the oncotest done and another blood test that tells you whether it benefits a person to go longer than the 5 and my oncoscore was only 14 so my oncologist let me stop at 4 and a half. Thank heaven.