Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole

Posted by tinalove @tinalove, Jan 31, 2016

I completed all treatments for breast cancer but now I am supposed to take hormone blocker, named anastrozole. im concerned about the side effects. Has anyone here taken it and did anyone have hair loss?

@sequoia

I just today saw my oncologist. I had my surgery 8/2019 and have been on Anastrozole almost 2 years. I am just starting to have joint aches. The hot flashes are nothing new for me. I'm 68. When I inquired about the level of my estrogen in relation to how the med was working, his response was that he takes it for granted in is working. Estrogen is 'suppose' to be sucked out of my body. He said he would have to see if there was an estrogen test. I am pretty well put off with him. Any opinions. What test should I be asking my doctor for to see if the Anastrozole is actually working. I would like to know if i could take it say every other day to keep my estrogen low or do I REALLY need it every day. Just because the protocol is 1 pill a day for everyone doesn't make it the right dosage. Thanks for your post.

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i'm blaming Anastrozole on 2 trigger fingers! Had surgery on 1 pointer finger. Lots f PT – still lots of pain, stiffness. Anyone have Anastrozole affect eye? Eye Dr. says not caused by Anastrozole But! Its like someone took thumb dipped in grey paint and smeared on lower 1/2 of eye. Blurry! Thats' my close up eye! Anyone have eye problems. ? Please tell – I'd rather go off Anastrozole and get breast checked every month then to have these dreadful side effects!

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@mari

i'm blaming Anastrozole on 2 trigger fingers! Had surgery on 1 pointer finger. Lots f PT – still lots of pain, stiffness. Anyone have Anastrozole affect eye? Eye Dr. says not caused by Anastrozole But! Its like someone took thumb dipped in grey paint and smeared on lower 1/2 of eye. Blurry! Thats' my close up eye! Anyone have eye problems. ? Please tell – I'd rather go off Anastrozole and get breast checked every month then to have these dreadful side effects!

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I’m sorry you are having these side effects. I’m not having hand or eye issues Yet! How long have you been on it?

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@sequoia

Thank you jejones. Blood test scheduled for June 24

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Hello sequoia….. what was the outcome of June 24 test?

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I haven’t seen results yet. I’m finding it interesting as when I do my yearly bloodwork, I see it almost the same day & and I’m not seeing it hearing anything. I’ll post when I get results. Thanks

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@leemiller

I’ve been taking anastrozole for almost a year, and am cautiously thinking the side effects have been minimal. My main concern is its contribution to my osteoporosis. I have been seeing an OT to learn how to increase bone mass.

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I have been on anastrozole since 1/4/2021. Some days I do not feel great and have a tendency to blame the drug. I am now debating whether to take Reclast, Zomata or Prolia for osteoporosis (left hip lumbar neck). Anyone have info on these?

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@omega20

I have been on anastrozole since 1/4/2021. Some days I do not feel great and have a tendency to blame the drug. I am now debating whether to take Reclast, Zomata or Prolia for osteoporosis (left hip lumbar neck). Anyone have info on these?

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Hi Omega, Good question about medications for osteoporosis. You might be interested in these related discussions:

– Anyone taking adjuvant bisphosphonates for bone health? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/adjuvant-bisphosphonates/

– Zometa infusions to help prevent bone loss from cancer treatments https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/zometa-infusions/

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@sandyrob

Hello sequoia….. what was the outcome of June 24 test?

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The results in my portal show
Estrone (LC/MS/MS). <10 pg/mL
Estradiol Ultrasensative (LC/MS/MS). <10 pg/mL
I do not know what these mean and my oncologist hadn’t called me. I need to call him.
Any info from you or others would be helpful. TIA

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@sequoia

The results in my portal show
Estrone (LC/MS/MS). <10 pg/mL
Estradiol Ultrasensative (LC/MS/MS). <10 pg/mL
I do not know what these mean and my oncologist hadn’t called me. I need to call him.
Any info from you or others would be helpful. TIA

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My experience is that they won't tell you any number lower then <10 on either of these… I found that frustrating, but my oncologist seemed to be satisfied with these numbers. Perhaps you will have better information from your care team.

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@jejones

My experience is that they won't tell you any number lower then <10 on either of these… I found that frustrating, but my oncologist seemed to be satisfied with these numbers. Perhaps you will have better information from your care team.

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Thank you. I’ll talk w/ my oncologist

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@sequoia

Thank you. I’ll talk w/ my oncologist

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I had an appointment with a PA that specializes in hormones. I did a consult w/ her. I gave her my history etc. She told me that .<10 was good, but understood me wanting a number. She recommended a Saliva Test. This test gives specific numbers. Of course insurance doesn’t pay for the test. $45 but I think it will be worth it. Not surprising to me – there is no correlation between the blood estrogen test snd the saliva test – so can’t do a comparison 🤷‍♀️ OBTW, I still have not received a call from my oncologist regarding the blood test taken on 6/24/21. That is just not right!

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I am taking anastrozole (breast cancer lumpectomy and now oncologist wants me to take Zometa for osteoporosis (left hip lumbar neck 3.1). This will be by infusion starting September 3, 2021. Can anyone share their experience with this drug. The anastrozole has been a relatively positive experience and I do hate to'"rock the boat".

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@omega20

I am taking anastrozole (breast cancer lumpectomy and now oncologist wants me to take Zometa for osteoporosis (left hip lumbar neck 3.1). This will be by infusion starting September 3, 2021. Can anyone share their experience with this drug. The anastrozole has been a relatively positive experience and I do hate to'"rock the boat".

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There is another discussion, I just visited about this very topic.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/zometa-infusions/
For me Zometa just means I have a bit of a drive and lunch at my favorite Italian. No side effects involved.

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