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Topic: Anastrozole tablets - teva vs accord healthcare?

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Posted on: Aug 27, 2016 04:11PM

AmyMichele wrote:

Hi! I've been taking anastrozole (generic arimidex) since the first week of April. The hot flashes are awful!!! The current prescription has been manufactured by Teva and from what I have gathered from reading on here, this is probably the preferred manufacturer? I just switched drug stores and now have received my prescription from Accord Healthcare. Is this going to be a problem? I have read that the hot flashes and side effects may worsen. What are everyone's thoughts? Experiences? Thanks so much for your help with this

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Aug 27, 2016 04:47PM muska wrote:

AmyMichele, I am on anastrozole from Accord and I don't experience any hot flashes. I don't think however, this has to do with the drug manufacturer: some people just experience hot flashes in the absence of estrogen whereas others don't. I would give it a try and see whether your symptoms remain the same, worsen or become better. There are other AI drugs that you can try if the side effects are unbearable.

Good luck!

Dx at 54 Dx 5/9/2013, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 7/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 6/12/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/13/2013, LCIS, Both breasts Chemotherapy 7/24/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/19/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 3/11/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 3/22/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes, Bone
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Aug 27, 2016 08:07PM - edited Aug 27, 2016 08:08PM by Moderators

Hi Amymichele,

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Arimidex: Coping with SE's

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Sep 8, 2017 07:01AM Alert2017 wrote:

AmyMIchele, I Have been on the Teva version for 2 months with no problems. I just got my first mail order supply and these are manufactured by Accord. I was wondering the same thing since I had no problems on the Teva pill and heard it was preferred by a number of women. Let us know how you do on Teva and I'll do the same. Good luck!

Dx 12/16/2016, IDC: Papillary, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 1/10/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Targeted Therapy 3/7/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/7/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 6/11/2017 Breast
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Nov 9, 2017 11:50AM operamom wrote:

I've been on Teva Anastrozole for around 7 months and my pharmacy (and all the others I called) only stock Accord now which worries me. Please let me know how you're doing on Accord. Thanks.

Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, 0/2 nodes, ER+ Surgery 12/14/2016 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 1/25/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/7/2017 Hormonal Therapy 4/17/2017
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Nov 9, 2017 01:02PM muska wrote:

I have been on Accord anastrozole for almost four years and am doing just fine.

Dx at 54 Dx 5/9/2013, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 7/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 6/12/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/13/2013, LCIS, Both breasts Chemotherapy 7/24/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/19/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 3/11/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 3/22/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes, Bone
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Nov 9, 2017 06:37PM Denise-G wrote:

I'm into my 6th year on Anastrozole. I do the best on TEVA and Accord. Some other brands, I have more SEs, but those two are my best manufacturers.


www.denise4health.wordpress.com my BC Blog with over 200 informative posts about all aspects of BC - stop by! Myself, my mom, and sister were all diagnosed with BC within 3 years. What a ride! Dx 10/10/2011, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 9/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 11/23/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 12/27/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 2/28/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 10, 2017 11:48AM Peregrinelady wrote:

I tried Teva after reading about it here, and actually had worse pain in my feet. I am back on the Accord which surprises me, because I am gluten and lactose intolerant, and allergic to soy. I thought less fillers would work for me, but my body likes the Accord better. Just FYI, I had breathing problems on the pill form of Tamoxifen, but tolerated the liquid form ( Soltamox) quite well. Of course, I had to tell the onc about Soltamox after reading about it here. He responded, "Oh, I have a sample bottle of that. Let's try it." It is quite expensive, but I only had to pay the $100.00 co pay once.
Dx 4/24/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2015 Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox) Surgery 4/18/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 7, 2018 02:59PM - edited Jun 7, 2018 03:00PM by Nyr4evr

I am on accord anestrazole. After reading here. I didn't even know there was manufacturer difference. I have had no side effects It is only a month. I am hoping I will have the same results as most doing fine on accord. I am paying $10.00 copay for three mi this supply. Not complaining at all. I winde if my doctor ordered this brand or pharmacist just filled it with accord. Any thoughts

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May 6, 2019 06:07PM operamom wrote:

I've liked Teva the best but apparently it's on back order again. My pharmacist just gave me Apotex and said that it's better than Accord. Have any of you tried Apotex?


Dx 12/2/2016, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, 0/2 nodes, ER+ Surgery 12/14/2016 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 1/25/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/7/2017 Hormonal Therapy 4/17/2017
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May 30, 2019 11:41PM - edited May 30, 2019 11:44PM by JosieO

all,

Yes, Teva remains on back order with a new date of June 12th. As they have not produced product in all of 2019, and available inventory is not to be found, I am faced with choosing an alternative very soon so any comments are most appreciated.

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May 31, 2019 01:17AM Peregrinelady wrote:

I am on Accord and tried Teva since many people preferred it. My side effects were actually worse, so I went back to Accord. It has always been available.
Dx 4/24/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2015 Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox) Surgery 4/18/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 11, 2019 09:58AM SUPer52 wrote:

I am new to this forum, and even though I see that most of the posts are older, this topic caught my eye since I have recently started taking anastrozole. I just began my third 30-day supply. So far, I have only received Accord brand from my pharmacy. I cannot complain (yet, anyway) about any bad side effects other than some slight dizziness the first day or so of taking it. I know some of the side effects from the AI drugs may not show up until much later on, so when pharmacies change brands, how does the patient know if a new side effect is related only to a specific brand or to the drug itself? I have read many mixed reviews about the side effects of anastrozole, so I am trying to be vigilant about my bone health and staying active to keep my joints loose and mobile. I remember a commercial from several years ago for an arthritis medication that had the tag line " a body in motion tends to stay in motion," so I'm hoping that is true lol!

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, compassion, some humor, and some style." -Maya Angelou Dx 1/15/2019, DCIS/IDC, Right, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 1/23/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 2/25/2019 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/8/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/11/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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