I started the drug in late November and itching started late December but I assumed was dry skin and continued medicine. The itching became so intense I quit taking it last week and within 24 hours the itching had lessoned and is completely gone now. My skin also turned bright red for several inches around the area that itched.
I started taking it about 2 wks ago. Experienced same thing - dry skin, itching and then rash. Stopped taking it yesterday. Will give it a couple of days to see if it is being caused by the Anastrozole.
Yes I have been on those pesky meds for over six months. The itching on my back is insatiable. It makes me nuts! When I first started taking them, I broke out with hives on my arms.
I am on my 4th year of anastrozole. My oncologists recently informed me I won't be on it for the 5 years protocol but 10 years ! I cried ,we talked she made it clear it's extending / saving my life. Yes the itching is very annoying. I too have itching on back, hands, feet, arm pits ,back of legs . And the sweats are tough !! My hair is soaked a few times a day. Showering helps with the itching beifky. I don't have dry skin it's more like a phantom creepy crawly itching. I get rashes in all those areas too anyone else ?
I've been taking Anastrozole for a bit over a year.. OMG the itching is obnoxious, usually Mostly on lower legs, middle of my back and back of my hands!! I received this from my oncologist after breast cancer treatment.. with an ER Pos 95%, so when he told me that I had to take this for 5 years.. ugh.. but that it would keep the breast cancer away.. Also, have massive headaches, but honestly, that could be coming from my neck or sinuses.. but have had worse headaches since I started taking this med.. Kind of afraid to jump off it though...
- Anastrozole Information for Consumers
- Anastrozole Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Anastrozole (detailed)
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