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?

@grandma41

I believe most of the meds have these side effects, some are not as bad as others, but the side effects are enough to drive you nuts.  The hot flashes are absolutely horrible.  I never went through anything like this when I went through menopause.   
 

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Welcome to connect, @brianphilip. Thanks so much for sharing your insight. The US brand name for tamoxifen is Nolvadex or
Soltamox, https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/tamoxifen-oral-route/description/drg-20066208

This inaugural issue of Forefront, a Mayo Clinic publication, has some very interesting details about Tamoxifen, and highlights latest findings and ongoing research: http://mayocl.in/2Iu3Xse

I'm tagging @cindylb @kat9606 and @robynmar who've shared their experiences with tamoxifen, and they may have some more information, as well.

@brianphilip, we'd really like to get to know you; could you share a few more details? When were you diagnosed with breast cancer? Have you tried other treatment that also helped or perhaps didn't work?

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@cautiousoptimism

I have been taking arimidex for 8 months since dx of lobular carcinoma. I have many side effects, including hair thinning. Has anyone else experienced this? Will I eventually lose it all?

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I’m on my 3rd AI – Letrozole, and I am have ngbthe least amount of joint pain over the other two. I am, however, having serious challenges with the tendons in my hands: trigger finger on one hand and now a thumb on the other. Overall, I’m determined to hang in there and I’m wearing splints, hand braces and doing hand exercises throughout the day. As they say, pick your poison.

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What is the mg. dose of Anastrozole that you were prescribed to take. ? I was given 1 mg. and wonder if that is the usual prescribed dose when first starting this drug. Seems like a very low dose ?

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@elvandi

What is the mg. dose of Anastrozole that you were prescribed to take. ? I was given 1 mg. and wonder if that is the usual prescribed dose when first starting this drug. Seems like a very low dose ?

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Hi, Elvandi ~ I believe that Anastrozole comes in only 1mg strength. The pill is tiny but I am counting on it being powerful. Depression has been my problem, but that started many years ago. I'm not sure whether the Anastrozole has worsened it or the cancer diagnosis had something to do with it. I am taking 2 antidepressants. However with hot flashes often make me feel as though I am sick with a fever and the intermittent fatigue, I continue to feel somewhat depressed. Maybe some Spring weather will be helpful ~

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I believe it seems to be the standard dose.

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NO HAIR LOSS, at least for me. I had 2 surgeries, 36 radiation treatments and now Arimidex for close to one year. It has taken me a while to get used to the side effects of Arimidex, but I do think that they may be easing up a bit. I see my oncologist tomorrow for a routine visit and am scared to death that she will find a lump in my breast, even thought I just had a 6 month clear mammogram. AT age 68, I would have thought I would be able to be stronger in this diagnosis/treatment journey.

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I was diagnosed at 68 as well. I'm two 1/2 years out and doing well. Anastrozole is doing a number on my knees and legs, but I plug on! I exercise 4-5 times a week ( water and weight class). I think that really keeps me going.

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Good to hear news from a fellow 68-70 year old! I really LOVED my water aerobics, but just haven't felt strong enough to commit to it. I HAVE to begin to exercise instead of sitting around on the couch ~ Maybe when warm weather arrives…But it certainly good to read your post!

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@mollymiller

Good to hear news from a fellow 68-70 year old! I really LOVED my water aerobics, but just haven't felt strong enough to commit to it. I HAVE to begin to exercise instead of sitting around on the couch ~ Maybe when warm weather arrives…But it certainly good to read your post!

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I hope you give it a try. I think you will rediscover the healing affects of water! Go girl!

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@elvandi

What is the mg. dose of Anastrozole that you were prescribed to take. ? I was given 1 mg. and wonder if that is the usual prescribed dose when first starting this drug. Seems like a very low dose ?

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Depression is difficult, but you need to get around people to feel happy. Fatigue is your body fighting the cancer, you need to keep strong and positive to fight harder. Join support groups in your area, or online support groups, being with people is the most important support you can give yourself. Also, take protein drinks daily. Spring and sunshine do help. Best wishes to you, and know you can survive this !.

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@mollymiller

Good to hear news from a fellow 68-70 year old! I really LOVED my water aerobics, but just haven't felt strong enough to commit to it. I HAVE to begin to exercise instead of sitting around on the couch ~ Maybe when warm weather arrives…But it certainly good to read your post!

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Mollymiller: I'm 71, 18 months out from initial diagnosis. I do low-impact aerobics, yoga, walking, and some light weights. It does help, but certainly doesn't eliminate all the pain. I go to our local Fitness Center for classes, and then we "seniors" go to coffee afterwards. Good luck to you!

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Thank you, JC ~ I know that the things you have mentioned are all amazingly helpful, particularly the fact that you are active, physically and socially. I am boxed into a corner right now…About 16 months after initial diagnosis I am suffering depression that puts an end to my desire to do anything physically and socially ~ I have been taking Arimidex for 10 months and feel the effects more now than I did in the beginning. I appreciate your words of support!

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