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Active ingredients: anastrozole
What it is used for
Early breast cancer. Adjuvant treatment of early breast cancer in postmenopausal women with oestrogen/progesterone receptor positive disease.,Advanced breast cancer. First line treatment of advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women with oestrogen/ progesterone receptor positive disease. Treatment of advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women with disease progression following tamoxifen therapy. Patients with oestrogen receptor negative disease and patients who have not responded to previous tamoxifen therapy rarely respond to anastrozole.
How to take it
The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.
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- Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.
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Plain, round, white, biconvex, film coated tablet
Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is
Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?
For the active ingredient anastrozole
You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.
Reporting side effects
You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.
You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems
Breast Cancer and Bone Health
Most breast cancers need the hormone estrogen to grow and survive, and effective cancer treatments work by starving the cancer of estrogen. However, estrogen is important in maintaining bone strength and protecting bones. Reduced levels of estrogen leads to weakening of the bones and poor bone health.
Read more on Healthy Bones Australia website
Breast cancer and oestrogen - Better Health Channel
There are different types of breast cancer, and around 70 per cent are sensitive to the female sex hormone oestrogen.
Read more on Better Health Channel website
Hormonal Treatment - Counterpart
Find information on the various hormonal treatments that can be used in the treatment of some types of breast cancer.
Read more on Counterpart - Women supporting women with cancer website
Breast cancer - MyDr.com.au
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women. The good news is that with advances in treatment and diagnosis, more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before.
Read more on myDr website
Vaginal health after breast cancer: A guide for patients - Australasian Menopause Society
Women who have had breast cancer treatment before menopause might find they develop symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, joint aches and vaginal dryness. These are symptoms of low oestrogen, which occur naturally with age, but may also occur in younger women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. These changes are called the genito-urinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), which was previously known as atrophic vaginitis.
Read more on Australasian Menopause Society website