What is Arimidex 1 mg Tablet ?
Arimidex is an anti-cancer hormone therapy that contains “Anastrozole IP” as an active ingredient. This medication belongs to a class of medications called nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitors. In order to achieve the best results, this prescription medicine should be taken only after consultation with the doctor about the dosage and duration of taking it.
When is Arimidex 1 mg tablet prescribed ?
Arimidex (Anastrozole) tablets are used to treat breast cancer in women who have gone through the menopause.
How Does Arimidex (Anastrozole) Tablets Work ?
Many breast cancers are sensitive to oestrogen, and they need this hormone to grow. These types of breast cancer are termed ‘hormone receptor positive’. After the menopause, oestrogen is no longer made in the ovaries. Instead, it’s made in the fatty tissues of the body. This happens when an enzyme called aromatase changes other hormones into oestrogen.
Anastrozole works by blocking this enzyme (aromatase). This reduces the amount of oestrogen in your body, which slows the growth of the cancer cells. Arimidex (Anastrozole) also prevent breast cancer from spreading to other areas of the body and also reduces risk of developing cancer in the other breast.
What are the adverse effects of Arimidex 1 mg Tablets ?
Side effects are unwanted effects of a medicine. Arimidex may cause some serious, life-threatening side-effects. Side effects can range from mild to severe and the risk of getting those varies from person to person. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine :
Common Side Effects of Arimidex Tablets : Headache ; Hot flushes ; Nausea ; Rash ; Joint pain or stiffness ; Sleepiness ; Hair thinning ; Bone or muscle pain ; Feeling weak ; Vomiting ; Loss of appetite etc.
Serious Side Effects of Arimidex Tablets : Swelling of the face, tongue and throat (angioedema) ; Vaginal bleeding ; Sudden shortness of breath ; Chest pain or discomfort ; Difficult or painful urination ; Raised level of calcium in the blood (hypercalcaemia) etc.
Not all side effects are listed above. If you experience any other side-effects which you think may be due Anastrozole 1mg tablets, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.
What are the safety measures of Arimidex 1mg ?
Before Taking Arimidex cancer medicine, it is important to understand all precautions or safety information associated with it. You need to remember certain points such as –
Inform your health care professional if you are pregnant or may be pregnant during treatment with Arimidex. This cancer medicine may be hazardous to the fetus. Use a birth control method while you are taking this medicine. Ask your doctor to help you choose a method of birth control that will work for you.
If you are taking Arimidex, it is advised to stop breastfeeding. This is because there are high chances that the active ingredient in the medicine can pass on to the child through breast milk. Hence, stop breastfeeding until your doctor tells you that the medicines are completely flushed out from the body, and it is safe to breast your child.
You will need to have regular blood tests and check-ups during your treatment with Arimidex. They’re used to track the progression of disease, and to help doctors make decisions about treatment.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to Arimidex cancer drug or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes or preservatives. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Alcohol can interact with Arimidex. Always talk to your physician before drinking alcohol during a cancer treatment because combining alcohol and cancer medicine might have consequences on the efficacy and safety of the treatment.
Arimidex may interact with other medicines. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription & non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements that you are taking at this time. Taking Anastrozole together with certain medicines or products may cause serious side effects.
For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule.
Taking a single dose of expired medicine is unlikely to produce an adverse event. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug. If you’ve had a medicine for a while, check the expiry date before using it. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
Before using Arimidex (Anastrozole), tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history, especially if you have liver problems (including hepatitis B or C infection), diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney problems, heart or pancreas problems, or low blood potassium levels etc.
What are the storage instructions for Arimidex 1 mg ?
Many factors can damage your medication, including heat, air, light, and moisture. It’s important to keep in mind that where you store your medication can affect its potency and safety. Following storage instructions will be helpful in storing the drug in the best of manner.
• Store Anastrozole at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).
• Keep this prescription medicine in a secure location to make sure kids, family, and guests don’t have access to your medications.
• Always store medicine in their original container. Do not mix different medications together in the same container. This will make it difficult to identify during an emergency.
• Do not store Arimidex tablets in the glove compartment of a car. The heat can change the stability of the medicine.
• Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
In order to legally purchase this medicine from Indiangenericdrugs, you’ll require a prescription from your Registered Medical Practitioner.
The information provided here is for general educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or pharmaceutical advice which should be sought from qualified medical and pharmaceutical advisers.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.