Breast cancer drug Arimidex cleared for use in post menopausal ...

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AstraZeneca's breast cancer drug Arimidex has been cleared by the European medicine regulators, for use as a new treatment option, in women suffering from post menopausal early breast cancer, who are currently ... Full Story
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#105 Jan 15, 2011
Anna, talk to your doctor. When I couldn't tolerate Femara (very like Arimidex), he put me on Tamoxifen, and I got very depressed. I didn't get depressed on Femara or Arimodex. Everyone is different. A different med might fix that for you.

For the hot flashes -- you know about cooling scarves?
Sue

United States

#107 Mar 5, 2011
I'm glad I found this site because I started Arimidex a few months back and had numbness in fingers and "trigger thumb" - also pitted edema.

My doc wrote it off as "old age" and I didn't buy it, so I went to a neuro guy and got a clean bill of health from him.

I am taking Milk Thistle to alleviate peripheral neuropathy (often associated with Diabetes, as I understand it, but I tested negative for that, too).

Had some spotting and got a new pap, awaiting results, getting ultrasound next week.

Ginger, I completely understand - I'm tempted to ditch it but I have probably less than a year, so I guess I'll stick it out.

At first I thought it was fibromyalgia or lactic acid build up from doing Zumba. But 20 pounds off and many zumba classes later, I still have the achy joint/muscle crap, and it sucks, frankly.

I'm investigating getting off it by getting the genetics test. I may have had it already, have to check 'cause chemo, radiation, tamoxifen and now arimidex has eaten my brain. Oh, and did I mention menopause? Sweet deal there, though - I'll take a hot flash over excruciating period pain any day.

I love that commercial: "Have a happy period!" What a crock!

There. I feel better now.
delraymama

United States

#108 Mar 6, 2011
I am on Arimidex. I have been on it for about 3 years. The pain and neuropathy are so bad, they are disabling. Same with the chemo brain. But my 5-year-old autistic son NEEDS ME ALIVE. I'm all he's got. I just turned 40. Glad to still be here, but jeeeeeeez!!!!!!!!!!
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#109 Mar 7, 2011
The muscle aches and pains that come from the AI's -- I don't what the mechanism is for that. Menopause doesn't cause such aches and pains so I don't understand why the AI's would.

I took them as long as I could.
erica

Cape Coral, FL

#110 Mar 12, 2011
If I could, I would start a class action lawsuit against not just the manufactuer of this "bitter pill", but also the ignorant physicians who recomend this to unsuspecting women who show blind trust when faced with the threat of bc recurrence. Had my dr. taken a moment to alert me to side effects that approximately 30% of users suffer, I may have taken a while to assess whether 'quality of life' was as important as a possible longer life. Also learned that Arimidex is not recommended for stage 0 bc, which I had.

Five months after starting, I discontinued this vile drug...that was one year ago and my hips are still slowly disintegrating, joint pains in fingers, toes and knees, hair loss, night sweats...long list of side effects. The only ones that have abated are the nausea, vertigo, and insomnia. Cortisone shots have helped temporarily but it's not a solution, and has limitations.

I strongly urge any potential user to reconsider.A pain-free life of any duration is of utmost importance. Also, my doc told me that the joint disintegration is permanent and progressive.
You decide!
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#111 Mar 12, 2011
I have never heard of Arimidex causing joint disintegration, unless you mean osteoporosis, which it can accelerate. However, treatment for osteoporosis prevented it from developing in me.

The joint pains were very bad for me, but an MRI on my knee (for instance) showed no injury or problem of any kind.

I'm glad your insomnia abated. I stopped taking it 18 months ago and still have the insomnia. I never had insomnia before taking Arimidex.

Nevertheless I think it's worth trying. Not everyone has as hard a time with it as I do, and I certainly wouldn't join a class action suit against it. A lot of women tolerate it well. Cancer is a tough disease and the treatments are tough as well.
Ellen Ann

Belmar, NJ

#112 Apr 3, 2011
After Stage 1 - 2 lumpectomies - chemo and radiation, I was prescribed Tamoxifen. A year into it, I was miserable...the depression was debilitating. My dr. switched me to Arimidex - I am in my 4th year - suddenly, 2 months ago I developed a neuropathy so terrible in my thigh - I was prescribed Gabapentin - now I'm a total loon. I'm grateful for no BC recurrence - yet - but don't know that I can bear this any longer. It prompted me to start asking questions and led me to this site...unbelievable information.
Alif

Rochester, MN

#113 May 8, 2011
Well to deal with Breast Cancer is now possible. Few good articles regarding this is given http://www.livewithyourself.com/ in this website.

My sister has breast cancer and my god she is a fighter. She is carrying it for last 8 years, so it is possible to fight with it.
Gail Perry

United States

#114 May 8, 2011
Oh Alif give it a break. Such BLOCKBUSTING news and we have to go to your website to find out about it? It's not in the news?

This place is not your private, free billboard. Go hawk you wares elsewhere.
Joan McCormick

Worcester, MA

#115 Sep 12, 2011
Does anyone have burning on the bottom of their feet and toes. Also my hands are hot all the time
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#116 Sep 12, 2011
Joan McCormick wrote:
Does anyone have burning on the bottom of their feet and toes. Also my hands are hot all the time
That is more likely from chemo than an AI.
linda

Brighton, UK

#119 Sep 27, 2011
I have been taking Arimidex for 10 yrs took tamoxifen for the first yr did not suit me at all i have had lots of leg pain cramp and hot flushes some strange syptoms but i keep going now i have osteoarthritus in my neck and lower back but it not to bad and arthritus in both knees shoulders and my elbow is very bad should be coming off this yr apart from the above i feel ok do get tried but i am very busy
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#120 Sep 29, 2011
linda wrote:
I have been taking Arimidex for 10 yrs took tamoxifen for the first yr did not suit me at all i have had lots of leg pain cramp and hot flushes some strange syptoms but i keep going now i have osteoarthritus in my neck and lower back but it not to bad and arthritus in both knees shoulders and my elbow is very bad should be coming off this yr apart from the above i feel ok do get tried but i am very busy
Osteoarthritis sucks but you would have gotten it anyway. Arimidex does not cause osteoarthritis.

What it CAN do is magnify the pain, but my experience was that the pain relievers I'd always used before, like Advil, still worked as well. More pain doesn't necessarily mean you have to take a super-strong pain killer. When I was on an AI they didn't know that and my MD was prescribing pretty strong pain killers. I discovered that Advil worked just as well on my own. Now I think most oncologists know that, but you probably don't go to your oncologist for the arthritis, so those two doctors need to talk to each other.:)
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#121 Sep 29, 2011
Ellen Ann wrote:
After Stage 1 - 2 lumpectomies - chemo and radiation, I was prescribed Tamoxifen. A year into it, I was miserable...the depression was debilitating. My dr. switched me to Arimidex - I am in my 4th year - suddenly, 2 months ago I developed a neuropathy so terrible in my thigh - I was prescribed Gabapentin - now I'm a total loon. I'm grateful for no BC recurrence - yet - but don't know that I can bear this any longer. It prompted me to start asking questions and led me to this site...unbelievable information.
Tamoxifen made me very depressed in five days. I simply can't tolerate it -- but I have never heard of any AI including Arimimdex causing neuropathy. Are you sure that's the cause? Coincidence does happen ...
John

San Jose, CA

#122 Oct 13, 2011
I have heard of bisphosphonates said to kill cancer cells of the breast. But I am not sure if I read on http://www.fosamaxfemurfracturelawsuit.com/ which provides helpful information about the popular bone-strengthening drug Fosamax. http://www.fosamaxfemurfracturelawsuit.com
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#123 Oct 13, 2011
John wrote:
I have heard of bisphosphonates said to kill cancer cells of the breast. But I am not sure if I read on http://www.fosamaxfemurfracturelawsuit.com/ which provides helpful information about the popular bone-strengthening drug Fosamax. http://www.fosamaxfemurfracturelawsuit.com
Yes -- like all powerful, life-saving drugs, Fosamax and its sister drugs are not perfect. And we all know there are lawsuit hungry lawyers out there who are ready to file a lawsuit if someone coincidentally gets a hangnail after taking an aspirin. Never mind that the aspirin prevented the person from having a heart attack.

Patients have to weigh the risks vs. the benefits, something best done with their physicians, not by reading biased websites.

The problem with jaws has been known for years, and oncologists make sure the patient has a healthy mouth before prescribing Zometa (the label under which Fosamax is used for breast cancer that has spread). By the way, once breast cancer has spread to the bones, it will eventually kill that person. But maybe Zometa will allow them to see their youngest child graduate from high school -- or college even -- or hold their first grandchild, maybe even get to know that grandchild. Maybe that grandchild will actually REMEMBER his or her grandmother because of drugs like Zometa.

So let's keep this all in balance.
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#124 Oct 14, 2011
Sue wrote:
I'm glad I found this site because I started Arimidex a few months back and had numbness in fingers and "trigger thumb" - also pitted edema.
My doc wrote it off as "old age" and I didn't buy it, so I went to a neuro guy and got a clean bill of health from him.
I am taking Milk Thistle to alleviate peripheral neuropathy (often associated with Diabetes, as I understand it, but I tested negative for that, too).
Had some spotting and got a new pap, awaiting results, getting ultrasound next week.
Ginger, I completely understand - I'm tempted to ditch it but I have probably less than a year, so I guess I'll stick it out.
At first I thought it was fibromyalgia or lactic acid build up from doing Zumba. But 20 pounds off and many zumba classes later, I still have the achy joint/muscle crap, and it sucks, frankly.
I'm investigating getting off it by getting the genetics test. I may have had it already, have to check 'cause chemo, radiation, tamoxifen and now arimidex has eaten my brain. Oh, and did I mention menopause? Sweet deal there, though - I'll take a hot flash over excruciating period pain any day.
I love that commercial: "Have a happy period!" What a crock!
There. I feel better now.
I found that Femara magnified all pain. While I was on Femara, every time I turned around it seemed I had another injury. I'd sprained this or pulled that muscle, and it really hurt. One time my PCP wanted to send me in for a bone scan. He was certain my cancer had come back. Advil controlled the pain but Advil isn't completely innocuous.

I went off Femara and -- POOF!-- haven't been back to the PCP ONCE with a "mystery injury." I didn't suddenly become less clumsy. Femara just magnified even the slightest little thing to the point that it felt like a real injury.
Darlene

Peoria, AZ

#125 Oct 26, 2011
I have been on Arimadex for 5 months now, after three years on Tamoxifen. I am having severe leg cramps at night, the heel in my left foot has begun to hurt very badly. I had numbness on the pads of my feet after the 3rd treatment of Chemo and it has lasted until now, with sharp pains in my toes on occassion. I have osteo in my knees so walking is very hard for me to do much of. I might stop armidex a couple weeks and see if it helps.
sarah

Ash Grove, MO

#126 Oct 30, 2011
I can recommend a reputable pharmacy (Arimidex)- securedrugstock.com/order-arimidex-online-en.... I received the order and it was on time and the pills work great.
P.S. 5% discount coupon code: 9sh73h
Gail Perry

New York, NY

#127 Oct 31, 2011
sarah wrote:
I can recommend a reputable pharmacy (Arimidex)- securedrugstock.com/order-arimidex-online-en.... I received the order and it was on time and the pills work great.
P.S. 5% discount coupon code: 9sh73h
Or try Northwest Pharmacy (also online) in Vancouver, Canada.

My Femara (almost identical to Arimidex) was $385 a month in the US but only $89 from Northwest Pharmacy. I had huge savings like that on other drugs as well.

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