What is this medicine for?
It is used to treat postmenopausal breast cancer.
This medicine can also be used for other indications. Consult your doctor.
What should I tell my doctor BEFORE taking this medicine?
- If you are allergic to anastrozole or any other component of this medicine.
- If you are allergic to this medicine, any of its ingredients, other medicines, foods or substances. Tell your doctor about your allergies and how they manifested.
- If you are taking any of the following medications: estrogen or tamoxifen.
- If you have not yet reached menopause, or if you can still give birth to a child.
- If you are breastfeeding. Do not breast-feed while taking this medicine and for 2 weeks after your last dose.
This list of drugs and conditions that may interact with this drug is not complete.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all medications you take (prescription and over-the-counter medications, natural medicines, and vitamins) and any medical conditions you have. You should ensure that this medicine is safe for your condition and in combination with other medicines you are already taking. Do not start or stop taking any medicine or change the dose without your doctor’s advice.
What should I know or do while taking this medicine?
- Tell all of your healthcare workers that you are taking this medicine. They are doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists.
- Take blood tests as directed by your doctor. Consult your doctor.
- This drug lowers the level of estrogen in your body, which can lead to thinning and weakening of bones. This can increase the risk of bone fractures, such as spine, hip, and wrist fractures. Consult your doctor.
- Get a bone density test as directed by your doctor. Consult your doctor.
- The use of this drug was accompanied by an increase in cholesterol levels. If you have any questions, ask your doctor.
- This medicine can cause fertility problems. This can negatively affect the ability to have children. Consult your doctor.
- Possible side effects of this drug on the fetus. Before you start taking this medicine, you will take a pregnancy test to confirm that you are NOT pregnant.
If you are at risk of becoming pregnant, you should use birth control during treatment and for some time after your last dose of this medicine. Ask your doctor how long you need to use the contraceptive. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor immediately.
What is the best way to take this medication?
Use this medicine as directed by your doctor. Read all the information provided to you. Strictly follow all instructions.
- Take this medicine with or without food.
- Keep taking this medication as directed by your doctor or other healthcare professional, even if you feel well.
What should I do if I miss a dose of medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you can.
If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and then resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not take 2 doses or an extra dose at the same time.
How should I store and/or dispose of this medication?
Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not store in the bathroom.
Keep all medications in a safe place. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and pets.
Throw away any unused or expired medicine. Do not flush down toilet or sewer unless instructed to do so. If you have any questions about disposal of medications, consult your pharmacist. There may be drug disposal programs in your area.