I took Taxmoxifen for 2 years, Femara for 1 year... I've had it with the side effects and want to stop taking everything. 3 years cancer free after mastectomy.
5 Feb 2010
Hello, you ask a very, very good question. Although the medications, you mentioned, bring on negative effects of their own, such as neuropathy, they have been shown to be beneficial in blocking the estrogen which fuels many cancer cells to proliferate. Therefore, it is up to you and your medical provider to evaluate your health status, presently, compare to your initial presentation, and decide together if this is the correct time to stop the Femara.
My mother takes Femara, and it has given her neuropathy, especially in both of her feet which is very painful, especially when she walks a certain distance, weather changes, etc. Her onocologist gave her Lyrica to take for the neuropathy but did not really help, and she continues to be miserable with the pain. However, she said that she is willing to make the trade off of being uncomfortable in pain, and feels that this is a trade off that she must take to lessen her chances of breast cancer reoccurence.
Lastly, I don't know about the terms of your insurance, but there is a coupon out for Femara for # 30, 2.5mg, which you recieve free of charge at needymeds.com. Go to the coupon section, under "F" which should list the Femara, and you will be able to download this coupon for the free Femara. You will need a script to go along with the coupon.
Sorry to keep rambling, but again, take an indepth look at the science of Femara, and talk at length with your medical provider.
Best of wishes, Cindy.
27 Aug 2011
I was on femara for 3 months for the treatment of endometriosis. It has been 15 months sinced i stopped treatment and still have lingering side effects from treatment. i have been to several doctors regarding these side effects and still they cannot give me any answers if femara is the cause,because they are not familiar with the drug. Can't find any studies about femara and lingering side effects after treatment in pre-menopausal women.
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