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Medications for Breast Cancer

Other names: Breast Cancer, inflammatory; Cancer, Breast; Carcinoma, Ductal; Carcinoma, Lobular; DCIS; Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

About Breast Cancer:  Breast cancer is a malignant growth that begins in the tissues of the breast. Over the course of a lifetime, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Drugs Used to Treat Breast Cancer

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Arimidex D N 47 reviews
6.0

Generic name: anastrozole systemic

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, aromatase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

tamoxifen D N 44 reviews
5.0

Generic name: tamoxifen systemic

Brand name:  Soltamox

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, selective estrogen receptor modulators

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

anastrozole D N 124 reviews
5.0

Generic name: anastrozole systemic

Brand name:  Arimidex

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, aromatase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Femara D N 34 reviews
6.0

Generic name: letrozole systemic

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, aromatase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

letrozole D N 85 reviews
6.0

Generic name: letrozole systemic

Brand name:  Femara

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, aromatase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Aromasin D N 13 reviews
5.0

Generic name: exemestane systemic

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, aromatase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Abraxane D N 3 reviews
9.0

Generic name: paclitaxel protein-bound systemic

Drug class: mitotic inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Adriamycin D N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: doxorubicin systemic

Drug class: antibiotics/antineoplastics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

exemestane D N 47 reviews
5.0

Generic name: exemestane systemic

Brand name:  Aromasin

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, aromatase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Herceptin D N 1 review
9.0

Generic name: trastuzumab systemic

Drug class: HER2 inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Taxol D N 1 review
7.0

Generic name: paclitaxel systemic

Drug class: mitotic inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Afinitor D N 8 reviews
5.0

Generic name: everolimus systemic

Drug class: mTOR inhibitors, selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Taxotere D N 5 reviews
3.0

Generic name: docetaxel systemic

Drug class: mitotic inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Xeloda D N 2 reviews
7.0

Generic name: capecitabine systemic

Drug class: antimetabolites

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Trexall X N X Add review Rate

Generic name: methotrexate systemic

Drug class: antimetabolites, antirheumatics, antipsoriatics, other immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

cyclophosphamide D N Add review Rate

Generic name: cyclophosphamide systemic

Drug class: alkylating agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Faslodex D N Add review Rate

Generic name: fulvestrant systemic

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, estrogen receptor antagonists

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

methotrexate X N X Add review Rate

Generic name: methotrexate systemic

Brand name:  Trexall

Drug class: antimetabolites, antirheumatics, antipsoriatics, other immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

doxorubicin D N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: doxorubicin systemic

Brand name:  Adriamycin

Drug class: antibiotics/antineoplastics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

paclitaxel D N 1 review
7.0

Generic name: paclitaxel systemic

Brand name:  Taxol

Drug class: mitotic inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Perjeta D N Add review Rate

Generic name: pertuzumab systemic

Drug class: HER2 inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

paclitaxel protein-bound D N 3 reviews
9.0

Generic name: paclitaxel protein-bound systemic

Brand name:  Abraxane

Drug class: mitotic inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

trastuzumab D N 1 review
9.0

Generic name: trastuzumab systemic

Brand names:  Herceptin, Ogivri

Drug class: HER2 inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

Tykerb D N Add review
5.0

Generic name: lapatinib systemic

Drug class: EGFR inhibitors, HER2 inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

capecitabine D N 3 reviews
5.0

Generic name: capecitabine systemic

Brand name:  Xeloda

Drug class: antimetabolites

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

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Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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