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?

@baker1

@gwinter I drink 3-4 bottles of water daily, 16.9 oz each. I'm not overly dry anywhere else. So I don't think it is dehydration.

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@baker1 impressive!

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@appaloosagal

I started out on Tamoxifen. I was on it for 2 years. It damaged my Liver. So my Dr. put me on
Letrazole. The pain in my joints was terrible. I am now on Anastrozole. The insomnia and fatigue and constipation has been bad. Not sleeping has been the hardest for me. I am taking a break from it for a couple of months. I have been on it for over a year.

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@appaloosagal – Enjoy the break from the meds. Sometimes I feel as though the cure is worse than the disease.

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I so agree.

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@appaloosagal

I started out on Tamoxifen. I was on it for 2 years. It damaged my Liver. So my Dr. put me on
Letrazole. The pain in my joints was terrible. I am now on Anastrozole. The insomnia and fatigue and constipation has been bad. Not sleeping has been the hardest for me. I am taking a break from it for a couple of months. I have been on it for over a year.

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I also have insomnia. When mentioned to my doctor – she said it was an unusual side effect. She suggested taking a benadryl before bedtime. Yes – it does suck all the water out of you – I seem to drink water all day long, like 6 to 8 bottles. I also had the constipation – starting taking like 4 dried prunes a day – I buy the ones packaged singly. That really helped with that problem. I think the fatigue has lessened – but I starting going to the gym regularly, as my Dr. said EXERCISE. And I do feel much better. I'm on anastrozole – Starting my 6th month on it.

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Just switched to it two days ago from Tamoxifen. We'll see how it goes. I am already suffering from CIPN in my feet ( feels like electricity 24 hours a day) so I hope no more pain with this med!

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@sadfeet
I, too, have CIPN… it's a bear, isn't it? I have found remarkable relief (from the burning and electrical shocks) with an all natural fatty acid amide called Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) — no side effects, AND, you can buy it on Amazon. Look for the unadulterated kind (without B vitamins and such). It normally takes about 3 weeks to notice a considerable difference.

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@elizm

@sadfeet
I, too, have CIPN… it's a bear, isn't it? I have found remarkable relief (from the burning and electrical shocks) with an all natural fatty acid amide called Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) — no side effects, AND, you can buy it on Amazon. Look for the unadulterated kind (without B vitamins and such). It normally takes about 3 weeks to notice a considerable difference.

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What dosage do you use? I have PN – got it before I had cancer. Not from Diabetes.

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@kathyomaha55 @sadfeet
What I've been buying comes in 400mg capsules (ultramicronized PEA from The Netherlands). On good days, I take two, 12-hours apart. On bad days, sometimes up to four. I noticed that one study used up to 2000 mg/day for people with CIPN, and another used 600 mg/day. [I also take Alpha Lipoic Acid twice a day which is reportedly good for nerve health, but alone, it did nothing for the pain.]

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@sadfeet

Just switched to it two days ago from Tamoxifen. We'll see how it goes. I am already suffering from CIPN in my feet ( feels like electricity 24 hours a day) so I hope no more pain with this med!

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sadfeet – you switched from Tamoxifen to another pill? Which one? and why did you switch from Tamoxifen?

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@elizm

@kathyomaha55 @sadfeet
What I've been buying comes in 400mg capsules (ultramicronized PEA from The Netherlands). On good days, I take two, 12-hours apart. On bad days, sometimes up to four. I noticed that one study used up to 2000 mg/day for people with CIPN, and another used 600 mg/day. [I also take Alpha Lipoic Acid twice a day which is reportedly good for nerve health, but alone, it did nothing for the pain.]

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When I first got PN – My neurologist gave me Gabapentin (generic Lyrica) which is for nerve pain. It does work, I take it before bedtime (200 mg). I was wondering if this PEA will work to remove it long term. I've struggled with this for like 9 years.

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@kathyomaha55
I don't know. My situation is that I am unable to tolerate gabapentin, venlafaxine, and other such drugs… they all give me brain fog (worse than chemo did). I had to search for something natural, with no side effects, and came upon PEA which has been a godsend. Before it, I also had relief from a Chinese herbal pill called Zhi Bai Du Huang Wan which I got from my acupuncturist. From what I read, no one seems to know why some people evolve out of CIPN and others don't.

Something which you may want to explore: on the Mayo website, an employee tried the Calmare Strambler Therapy. She had had CIPN for ten years, and found relief after one treatment; a pain specialist at Johns Hopkins also has had some success with it. See http://calmarett.com/ for doctors who provide this treatment. It is not covered by insurance, however. I tried it anyway… (unsuccessfully).

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@francine6829

sadfeet – you switched from Tamoxifen to another pill? Which one? and why did you switch from Tamoxifen?

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I was switched to anastrozole. I was premenopausal prior to chemo. Chemo put me into menopause but they were not sure if it would be permanent so started me on Tamoxifen. I took that for three years and now have been switched to the AI because they are sure I am i permanent menopause and there are some studies that show it may be more effective for post menopausal women.

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All, I was taking Femura for 6 weeks and had terrible bone/joint pain. My oncologist gave me a two week break which is now over. Today, my oncologist recommended I try Aromosin. I would like to know your experience with Aromosin, specifically regarding side effects. Thank you

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@francine6829

All, I was taking Femura for 6 weeks and had terrible bone/joint pain. My oncologist gave me a two week break which is now over. Today, my oncologist recommended I try Aromosin. I would like to know your experience with Aromosin, specifically regarding side effects. Thank you

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@francine6829 I want to follow because I start soon, also!!

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@gwinter

@francine6829 I want to follow because I start soon, also!!

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@gwinter– This is interesting to me, too. I just did a two week trial of going off Arimidex for 2 weeks. I started back on it today. I have been taking it for 14 months with all the side effects we've been reading about on this post. I wanted to see if it was responsible for unbearable leg and knee pain I was having, or if that was being caused by my spinal stenosis. The leg pain did go away after about a week off of Arimidex. I'm waiting to see if it comes back now that I'm back on it To be continued…

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