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?

Charisma- have you considered switching to another AI or Tomoxifen ?

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@francine6829

Charisma- have you considered switching to another AI or Tomoxifen ?

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My doc vetoed tamoxifen because she said the chance for blood clots was too great. (I’ve had a hysterectomy so the possibility of uterine cancer is nil.) I have not asked about another type of AI because these side effects seemed quite tolerable, and also because I don’t have a good rapport with my onc and don’t really desire to interact with her more than absolutely necessary 🙄.

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My oncologist said I could take a vacation from the endocrine therapy for 2-3 weeks while I was on vacation. Has anyone else done this?

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@francine6829

My oncologist said I could take a vacation from the endocrine therapy for 2-3 weeks while I was on vacation. Has anyone else done this?

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@francine6829, If you do this, Francine, will you please post the results of going off the drug for 3 weeks.

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@francine6829

My oncologist said I could take a vacation from the endocrine therapy for 2-3 weeks while I was on vacation. Has anyone else done this?

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@francine6829
I was taken off for Arimidex (anastrozole) 3 weeks due two bad bouts of diverticulitis. Had the WORST sweats and itching in those 3 weeks…don't know if it was withdrawal-type symptoms. Put on Femara (letrozole) and have been on 3 weeks and itching is subsiding and very few night sweats. We are going on a trip in November and I'm thinking about going off 2-3 weeks to help with the fatigue so I can enjoy that vacation.

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Tricia- What does your oncologist think about you going off Femura for 2-3 weeks? I tried Fermura and stopped due to joint pain. Am on Tomoxifen now

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@francine6829

My oncologist said I could take a vacation from the endocrine therapy for 2-3 weeks while I was on vacation. Has anyone else done this?

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I went off Anastrozole for 2 months. The insomnia was so bad I couldn't stand it. I had radiation recall on my breast and chest and it cleared up. I was feeling really good. But now I have been back on it for a month again and I am back to having fatigue joint pain, insomnia,.

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@appaloosagal

I went off Anastrozole for 2 months. The insomnia was so bad I couldn't stand it. I had radiation recall on my breast and chest and it cleared up. I was feeling really good. But now I have been back on it for a month again and I am back to having fatigue joint pain, insomnia,.

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@appaloosagal– I have all of these side effects and some of the others that have been mentioned along the way by other people. Specifically, what joint pain do you have? My upper arms (shoulders) hurt. I've also had to go in twice to ophthalmology for injections in my thumbs of all places! I've had insomnia on and off since day one. I began taking Arimidex 17 months ago.

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@sparklegram
Do tell me more about seeing the opthalmologist… for what exactly…and what were the injections?

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@elizm

@sparklegram
Do tell me more about seeing the opthalmologist… for what exactly…and what were the injections?

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I can't believe I wrote "Ophthalmology"!! I meant to write Orthopedics!!!

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@sparklegram
The other day, I was trying to tell someone about my visit to the periodontist and kept saying pediatrician…. The expression on their face gave me a clue that I needed to back up and regroup before going on. *S*

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Now I feel better! Thank you, Elizm!

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@elizm

@sparklegram
Do tell me more about seeing the opthalmologist… for what exactly…and what were the injections?

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i get cortisone injections in my knees for arthritis which has worsened with the Tamoxifen. Gives some pain relief.

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@appaloosagal

I went off Anastrozole for 2 months. The insomnia was so bad I couldn't stand it. I had radiation recall on my breast and chest and it cleared up. I was feeling really good. But now I have been back on it for a month again and I am back to having fatigue joint pain, insomnia,.

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My oncologist recommended benadryl before bedtime, that helped me a lot with the insomnia. I take 2 Tylenol PM.

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@sparklegram

@appaloosagal– I have all of these side effects and some of the others that have been mentioned along the way by other people. Specifically, what joint pain do you have? My upper arms (shoulders) hurt. I've also had to go in twice to ophthalmology for injections in my thumbs of all places! I've had insomnia on and off since day one. I began taking Arimidex 17 months ago.

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I have had severe pain in my hands AND in my shoulders too!! Also my knees, but not sure if that's my arthritis.

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