Anastrozole is an anti-cancer hormone therapy. This medication is classified as a “non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor” (For more detail see “How Anastrozole Works” below).
What Anastrozole Is Used For:
- Anastrozole is used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
Note: If a drug has been approved for one use, physicians sometimes elect to use this same drug for other problems if they believe it might be helpful.
How Anastrozole Is Given:
- Anastrozole is a pill, taken by mouth.
- You should take anastrozole at about the same time each day.
- You may take anastrozole with or without food.
- If you miss a dose of anastrozole, take it as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for the next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up a missed dose.
- You should not stop taking anastrozole without discussing with your physician, even if you feel well.
The amount of anastrozole that you will receive depends on many factors, including your general health or other health problems, and the type of cancer or condition being treated. Your doctor will determine your dose and how long you will be taking anastrozole.
Important things to remember about the side effects of anastrozole:
- Most people do not experience all of the anastrozole side effects listed.
- Anastrozole side effects are often predictable in terms of their onset, duration, and severity.
- these Anastrozole side effects will improve after therapy is complete.
- the side effects may be quite manageable: There are many options to help minimize or prevent the side effects of anastrozole.