Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole
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?
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I am going to switch to Exemestane. according to information, it should not raise blood lipids like Anastrozole does.
My cousin is facing chemo and going with her to the appointment made me remember how lucky we are to be needing hormonal therapies only.
Hi I have been on it for 6 months now. I have some joint pain, fatigue, and diarrhea.
So sorry that you got that very rare side effect. Maybe it was an one-off? Do you dare try one more time?
I am scared to not be on the medicine. When I called my oncologist’s office they told me to not take the medicine till my appointment. I am going to ask my oncologist to change me to another medication. Anyone on exemestine? What side effects have you had? I would appreciate any feedback.
It is not always the medicine causing a reaction, but sometimes the fillers. I switched from anastrazole to letrozole and when I still had a sensitivity, switched to another manufacturer and finally to the brand name, to which I had no reaction. You find an aromatase inhibitor you can take but I encourage you to try different manufacturers- and/or brand name- before giving up. (There is also tamoxifen….)
Do you know what your recurrence risk is? If it's very low, your oncologist might be open to your skipping the anti-hormone drugs. I don't know if you had any genomic testing done but some of the tests, e.g., the Oncotype DX, yield a recurrence risk score based on the cancer tissue submitted to the company. Knowing your risk number can be very helpful. I tried anastrozole and did not tolerate it at all but have a low risk of recurrence so discontinued the drug.
No hair loss but alot of joint pain.
Yes, I definitely plan on trying another medicine. I think I will ask my oncologist to make the prescription for brand name only.
Thank you both for your replies!
God Bless you both!!
My risk level after 5 years of taking Anastrozole my risk level is 11%. Advised to continue taking 🙁