ARIMIDEX is very useful in treating breast cancer in women after menopause and it works by inhibiting the enzyme aromatase in the adrenal glands that produces the estrogens (estradiol and estrone) and thereby lowers their levels.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take ARIMIDEX by mouth with a meal to avoid an upset stomach or without one.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
ARIMIDEX falls under aromatase inhibitor and it works by inhibiting the enzyme aromatase in the adrenal glands that produces the estrogens (estradiol and estrone) and thereby lowers their levels.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store ARIMIDEX at room temperature(read medicine label if unsure). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
An overdose of ARIMIDEX may have adverse effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact the nearest emergency poison control center immediately if you notice effects like.
ARIMIDEX may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using ARIMIDEX. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
You are advised to use a non-hormonal method of birth control if you are a woman capable of becoming pregnant as ARIMIDEX has been shown to cause harm to the human fetus.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using ARIMIDEX as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like weakness, nausea, headache, hot flashes, pain, vomiting, cough, or diarrhea.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.