User Reviews for Anastrozole
Also known as: Arimidex
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Reviews for Anastrozole to treat Breast Cancer
"I have atypical ductal hyperplasia. Initially put on Tamoxofen, stopped secondary to multiple side effects to include osteoporosis and poor quality of life. Took 9 month drug free vacation before agreeing to taking Arimidex anastrozole. Hot flashes and insomnia have been dependent on what time of the day I take the medicine; worse if taken late afternoon/evening. Have had a return of joint/arthritic pain in hips/low back, shoulders and hands. Have fatigue, no libido and have gained 15 pounds despite being active and eating healthy. Short-term memory is poor and word recall is frustrating. I know many do well on this medicine but not sure if I will stay on it."
Young Nana February 3, 2016
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"Age 54, Stage 3 Double mastectomy, chemo and radiation (last dose 12/31/14) and now I am starting year two on Anastrazole. Joint pain, hands numb/painful upon awakening, long bone pain. I have wrestled with stopping this medication because of the severity of the side effects until I got on a study for a testosterone/anastrazole implant. I know I did not get the placebo per the return of libido, reduced vaginal dryness and reduced pain. here is the initial study: http://www.ascopost.com/issues/october-15,-2014/testosteroneanastrozole-implants-relieve-menopausal-symptoms-in-breast-cancer-survivors.aspx"
Harriet33 (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 29, 2016
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Arimidex (anastrozole): "I only took Arimidex for 1 month, after having a mastectomy. During that month I experienced severe joint pain, nausea, headaches, shortness of breath, and finally, a severe asthma attack which convinced me that I needed to stop this drug. Almost immediately, all side effects disappeared. Now, eight months after stopping Arimidex, and taking nothing else, I have quite severe Rheumatoid arthritis. I was previously fit and active. I am 70 years old. I would rather take my chances with the cancer returning than take this drug again."
Angry Nana September 20, 2015
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Arimidex (anastrozole): "fine initially but within 2 weeks, severe ankle pain, insomnia, hot flashes and severe sweating. Thinning hair just after it just all grew back beautifully. Difficult eye prescription, moody, tingling nerve pain in right thigh, tired and now have a hiatal hernia. Lack of interest in sex, which has still not returned :( I just wonder what the long term effects could be. This med was one I loved to hate. But my cancer is gone and it has been 6 years that I am cancer free"
oma bama August 10, 2015
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"Began taking this med about a month ago. So far, have NO sweating, but the arthritic pain is pretty high. Arms fall asleep when sleeping in most positions other than sleeping on my back. Have also noticed "tingling" on the left forward part of my brain. Comes and goes. Hair loss, but not extensive. Finding it difficult to tie shoe laces - middle finger, left hand--knuckle keeps popping (painful). Lots of soreness and stiffness in the upper part of my spine. Yesterday (8/4) thought I had a chunk of donut stuck in my esophagus but I can still feel something there today. Will need to contact oncologist for guidance on that."
MEBC (taken for less than 1 month) August 5, 2015
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"i learned from patient reviews that taking magnesium helps mitigate side effects of arimidex. So I began taking magnesium glycinate before I even began the arimidex. I do think it helps. I am also following an anti-cancer diet. No muscle pain, no joint pain, only two very mild hot flashes, no weight gain, no headaches, no constipation, no mood swings. But when I had to take prednisone for 6 days for systemic poison ivy, I had lots of those side effects. If you check the list of magnesium deficiency side effects against arimidex side effects, you will find them very very similar. Been on arimidex 3 months and sticking with it so far."
Granny jay July 18, 2015
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"After 18 years, bc returned on my scar. The guidelines at the time was no chemo or rads for non invasive carcinoma. I had 4 chemo and 21 rads. I have been 9n anastrazole for 3 years. My oncologist only had smpathy. I went to Nutrition Dept which was proven a God Send. After 2 weeks on Cod Liver Oil, Coconut Oil, Glucosamine, Vitamins D3, Vitamin B12, I no longer walk bent over, moan after climbing 5 stairs, have a.m. muscle pains. I can walk erect, bend over, out walk my husband and write as l9ng as I wish. Give it a try girl it works!"
gypsy scarlett June 21, 2015
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"I started anastrozole one year ago. At first I didnt notice any side effects. Now for the past three or four months Ive experienced gradual increase in my joints. My hip joints, knee and hands, give me a lot of pain. I also have stiff hands when I wake up each morning, trigger fingers and thumb, it gradually gets better as the day goes on. Other side effects I have experienced is hair thinning, anxiety, insomnia, thinning nails, chronic diarrhea, thinning of the lower walls of my vagina causing a bladder prolapse and dry mouth. I have stopped taking the product and called my oncologist. He suggested Aromasin but after reading about the side effects of that it seems like I am going from the frying pan into the fire."
Meriaasong (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 17, 2015
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"I started anastrozole one year ago in June 2014 after a double mastectomy. I did not need chemo or radiation as I caught the cancer early and my Oncotype DX score was very low. The first 3 months I didn't notice any side effects. But then I gained(so far) 10 lbs. and I am very active and work out 5 days a week with weights and cardio(I am 60 yrs. old now) My hips, lower back especially left side and knees hurt allot and my knees feel weak. It makes it very difficult to get up off the floor. Also both thumb joints hurt all the time. No hair loss or nail issues but some hot flashes. I wonder if it will get worse-still have 4 years left."
Surfergirl55 (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 8, 2015
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"Coming up on my 5 year anniversary so anastrozole evidently works. However, after my last bone density test I find that my bones have thinned significantly and now have osteoporosis. Have had other side effects, hot flashes, insomnia, joint pain, weight gain, thinning nails & hair but didn't attribute anything other than hot flashes to the anastrozole. To prevent cancer I can live with most of those but if I had known how fast my bones were thinning I don't know if I would have stayed with it."
BJ #2 April 17, 2015
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"Began anastrozole regiment Jan. 2015 and by Mar. could no longer tolerate due to muscle pain, bone pain, pain in right foot, numbness in hands, feet, legs and arms, severe back pain, swelling of hands and feet, shortness of breath, extreme hot flashes, hair breakage, joint pain and weight gain. The side effects became debilitating, I could barely walk. I will be requesting a change in the medication."
Lostbenefits April 7, 2015
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"Have been on various chemos since 2007 for metastatic breast cancer and just this yr was switched from Doxil to anastrozole for roughly 5 months. Was diagnosed with 2 blood clots in my right Calf. 12/22/14 Wondering if anastrozole caused them. "
lazy mary January 2, 2015
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"I started on tamoxifen, 2- 3/4 years ago. I was a mess. Some of it could have been just the dealing with the actual "cancer", working as usual and going to radiation daily for 7 wks. However, I was also going through menopause and teaching about 100 kids/day, in elem. art. I was very emotional and had a lot of high anxiety. My oncologist was thinking about taking me off it, because my quality of life wasn't so good. I finally reached the post-menopausal stage and he switched me to anastrozole. I've been on it for about a year, maybe a little longer. I do have some memory problems. I took up tai chi 4 months ago and feel much better, mentally. My last visit to the oncologist, all my vitals had improved immensely! I credit tai chi for it!"
Salitta (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 21, 2014
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"Have been on this medicine since February following a lumpectomy. After reading the other posts I now realize the stiffness and soreness in my hands might be s side effect. Happens every morning. Also have severe flushing and sweating which is new with me. The worst is the swelling in my feet and legs..severe at times. I am now aware all of the above started after February. I will discuss it with my oncologist. Very thankful for this forum."
nynyer (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 12, 2014
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"I am new at taking anastrozle (30 days). For the past week or so I found it impossible to get up and around for work because I was so sleepy. I think it has increased my lower back pain and it has been hard getting up from bed due to pain and stiffness. My oncologist advised me to quit today until we can discuss alternatives. I am 59 and had a partial mastectomy and radiation."
Kim in Madison September 10, 2014
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Arimidex (anastrozole): "Taking this after care of breast cancer! Hasn't caused any problems at all and almost done taking it! Evidently it's great in the help of my breast cancer."
Sugarbee333333 (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 14, 2014
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"I have been taking anastrazole 1 mg daily since 2/2011 for the treatment of breast cancer. I have not received chemotherapy or radiation. This is truly a dreadful disease that imposes a life sentence on you. I too can attest to some very uncomfortable side effects but, I also accept that there is really no medicine which is side effect free. I feel stiff most of the time, my muscles ache and I am weary. For the most part I walk very slow and has problems ascending the stairs. My migraines had subsided as I age but they have started to hit me up again. Nevertheless, I am truly grateful to this medicine and intend to take it for the duration. I am glad it has assisted in the arrest of the disease. I am 60 years old."
gratefulgal April 14, 2014
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Arimidex (anastrozole): "I've been on Arimidex for 10 weeks. Although I had arthritis prior to taking Arimidex, my joint discomfort has increased substantially and now I find that my joints (especially my hands and hips) are swollen and always painful. My fingernails have thinned and continually split and tear off, often below the quick (ouch!). I'm also disheartened to notice that my eyebrows and eyelashes, which had just grown back after my last chemo session, have started to either break or fall out again. Bone and muscle pain are always with me now."
WV lady April 10, 2014
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Arimidex (anastrozole): "I took Arimidex for 5 years and only recently stopped. I had quite a few side effects, however, the joint pain and stiffness was the hardest. I heard about something called Ubiquinol, which is apparently something that is naturally produced in your body, but slows down quite a bit as you age. I've been taking it daily now for a few months and I have to say, the stiffness and joint pain has mostly subsided. I say mostly because I forget to take it some days. I'm trying to get better about taking it daily with a multivitamin. It's kind of expensive but it's way cheaper and better than any of the medicine alternatives I was offered by my doctors. I don't like taking medicine for every little thing. Plus there's a hundred side effects to worry about."
Frenchgirl52 (taken for 5 to 10 years) March 5, 2014
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Arimidex (anastrozole): "I took it for 5 yrs. and 2 months. I cannot say if the changes were from chemo or from Arimidex. Changes in taste and smell persist. Frontal headache, blurred vision, cough, calcium loss - osteopenia. Stiff joints, long bone pain, sciatica pain of right leg, fatigue, wicked insomnia, hot flushes & flashes. Neuropathy in hands and feet, specially balls of feet and very sensitive tips of toes. Very dry skin, aged face, hair is very thin and breaking easily. Never got back full eyebrows, very SAD! I loved my eyebrows."
Lealmck (taken for 5 to 10 years) February 26, 2014
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"Prescribed after Lumpectomy for breast cancer and taking this medication for 1 year, I've experienced extreme panic attacks, anxiety that often prevents me from wanting to leave the house, and insomnia. My symptoms were so severe, I could not function at work and took early retirement. I have discussed these side effects with my oncologist; his concern was more with flushing side effects than anxiety. I have 4 more years of taking this medication and honestly don't know if I'll be able to keep it up. I find myself having extremely blue feelings and without taking anti anxiety meds I truly would not be able to function as all."
Tinkerwoman (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 11, 2014
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Arimidex (anastrozole): "I've been on Arimidex for 4 years. Side effects are insomnia, joint pain, painful sex or no interest in sex, forgetfulness, anxiety and depression. One year to go and hopefully I will not have to take it. Maybe still on it because of a family history of breast cancer."
Jacklink (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 5, 2013
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- Other brands: Arimidex