Anastrozole: Side effects, precaution, Indication

Watson Pharmaceuticals | Anastrozole (Medication)

Anastrozole: Indications

Anastrozole is used to treat certain types of breast cancer in women who have already stopped menstruating (postmenopausal). It is also used for women who have already had other cancer treatments (e.g., tamoxifen).

Many breast cancer tumors grow in response to estrogen. anastrozole interferes with the production of estrogen in the body. As a result, the amount of estrogen that the tumor is exposed to is reduced, limiting the growth of the tumor…

Anastrozole: Side Effects

More common side effects: blurred vision, chest pain or discomfort, dizziness, headache, nervousness, pounding in the ears, shortness of breath, slow or fast heartbeat, swelling of the feet or lower legs

Less common: arm, back, or jaw pain, chest tightness or heaviness, cough or hoarseness, difficult or painful urination, dizziness, severe, fever or chills, headache, continuing, increased blood pressure, lower back or side pain, nausea, pain, tenderness, bluish color, or swelling of the foot or leg, sore throat, sudden shortness of breath, sweating, unusual tiredness or weakness, vaginal bleeding (unexpected and heavy)

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine….

Anastrozole: Precaution

It is unlikely that a postmenopausal woman may become pregnant. But, you should know that using anastrozole while you are pregnant could harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.

Anastrozole may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have itching; hives; hoarseness; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you are using anastrozole….