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Risks and benefits, side effects, and costs of anti-estrogen medications. Note: Please remember that there are good experiences and bad with ALL treatments and this is a safe place to share YOUR experience, not to be influenced or influence others.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2012 05:46AM - edited Nov 15, 2017 12:07PM by Moderators

nancyjac wrote:

I found a couple of older threads about Arimidex, but they covered a large time span with a gazillion posts, so I thought I would start a new thread for Arimidex/Anastrozole users.

I am starting on Anastrozole today. Plan is to take it for 5 years, possibly longer. I already have osteopenia and osteoarthritis (limited to one knee at this point), so I am most concerned about the bone and joint side effects. I'm already frustrated by finally having some energy and stamina back after chemo and radiation, but now I have trouble exercising due to the bum knee. I'm concerned about that getting to be even more of a problem on the Anastrozole.

Please share you experiences, side effects, questions etc. about Armidex/Anastrozole here.

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Dx 11/2011, IBC, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 12/7/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/7/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/10/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/17/2012 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 4/19/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/29/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes, Bone Hormonal Therapy 7/10/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 17, 2019 12:04PM HikingLady wrote:

kimburke RE: joint aches and stiffness.....NSAID's work well for me. If I'm especially achy or stiff, I take Rx Meloxicam. 1 pill lasts for 24 hours and is very helpful. If it's occasional, I take 2 x 200 mg Ibuprofen, or Aleve (Naproxen) which lasts a bit longer.

RE: weight gain....UGH, I hate this. I do exercise for 1 hour each day. I have probably put on 6 pounds since I started Anastrozole. I lost 3 pounds over 1 month in March, by limiting simple carbs. During that time, I ate very little starch or grain carbs (even whole grains), extra protein, and no alcohol or sweet things for about 4 days each week. I ate as much protein and as many vegetables as I wanted. However, I just had a vacation, and the white rice and some piña coladas in Hawaii brought back those 3 pounds, of course! I will start my disciplined eating plan again now that I'm home. I give myself 2-3 days a week to indulge a few simple carbs and starches and alcohol, and my 'plan' is to eat absolutely correctly for about 4 days a week, which eventually did work last month, so I will try to do that again!

Dx 3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 4/9/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/8/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/7/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 17, 2019 12:11PM Butterfly1234 wrote:

I My PCP prescribed Gabapentin which helps with the joint discomfort. I take 100 mg at night. Didn't want another med to take but I really notice the difference when I stop.

Does anyone have increased anxiety from the Arimidex? I can't tell if it's normal for all the ups and down of my BC journey or if it's from the medication or both. It's something I'm dealing with in light of my new challenges and decision making options. My insomnia is really bad and has been since my DX. Anyone have any suggestions?

No matter what you look like or think you look like, you're special and loved and perfect just the way you are. Ariel Winter Dx 1/24/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/8/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 17, 2019 12:47PM Snickersmom wrote:

Most of us take Claritin (regular, NOT D) and it does seem to help with joint aches and pain. Don't know why, it just does.

I take mine in the morning and it doesn't bother me. I take everything in the morning and it never occurred to me to take the AI at night.

Dx 3/24/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/3/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 6/12/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 17, 2019 01:03PM lala1 wrote:

kimburke--I took supplements to get me through the joint and muscle pain. Not sure exactly which one did the most but here's my list.....turmeric (I took Gaia brand. Be sure it has the black pepper in it.), ginger, 5000IU Vit D, and magnesium glycinate. Each of these on it's on has shown to help with the pain. I took, and still take, all of them and combined with exercise including yoga, feel great!

Oh, and as a side note, once I started taking olive leaf extract 4 years ago, I haven't had a single cold! Bonus!!

Mentor smooth round high profile memory gel implants 600cc (Left); Allergan 10 Moderate Profile 120cc (Right) ; Oncotype 15 Dx 11/27/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/12/2012 Mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 1/31/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/25/2013 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Surgery 6/24/2014 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction Surgery 1/19/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 17, 2019 10:00PM Toyamjj wrote:

Thanks for responding, Happy to hear others experiences! And thanks for the tips on how to keep SE at bay. Im taking notes.

DX at age 44 Oncotype 22 Dx 1/4/2019, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/30/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2019 Radiation Therapy 3/13/2019 Hormonal Therapy 4/30/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 18, 2019 06:21PM Gussy wrote:

Has anyone done any research on the testosterone + anastrazole pellets as a treatment post breast cancer? I have done some and it does seem to be an option. My primary phys. does do pellets for estrogen and testosterone so am going to ask about it.

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Apr 18, 2019 08:22PM ed111 wrote:

Hi, I just started Anastrozole today, as my Drs are willing to try it as neoajuvant therapy (I'm still 1a small IDC, but have some odd 'non-mass elongation' that "fluctuates" in size on different MRIs, so instead of going for a big surgery, we give AI a try). My question is about fasting. I'm big on naturopatic means, supplements, vit C infusions, diet, juices etc. I fast 3-7 days every few months. As fasting reboots immune system, it's especially good with cancer. Did anyone try water fast while on AI?

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Apr 19, 2019 04:53AM MexicoHeather wrote:

I don't think you'd have any problems on the water fast. I'm taking it at night, and have taken it while fasting before. Was that a lumpectomy then AI, ed111? You've made me thirsty for some juice Happy.

Dios es Amor. Dx 10/1/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/4/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/9/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 10/9/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/5/2018 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 19, 2019 07:24AM dtad wrote:

Gussy..yes I did do research and I even contacted the doc that initially endorsed it. However before I found a doc that would do it in my area I found out that my tumors could also be testosterone positive and it scared me into not doing it. IMO at some point in the future we will hear a lot more about it. Might be a long time though :(

Dx 3/20/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/10/2015, ILC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/21/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 19, 2019 06:51PM Tappermom383 wrote:

I have been lurking but haven't posted in a long time. Here's my question: Does anyone else find that their SEs from anastrozole come and go? My knee pain is fairly constant. I do take regular Claritin (generic) every day. I was experiencing a lot of dizziness but that seems to have subsided. My dry cough is also much less now

New is insomnia - I fall right asleep but wake up two to three hours later and am awake for hours. Last night I woke up at midnight and was still awake at 5 a.m.

I've been taking my anastrozole at night. I'm going to skip tonight and start taking it in the morning as of tomorrow; we'll see if that helps.

MJ

Diagnosed at 70 after four excisional biopsies over the course of 47 years. MammaPrint came back Low Risk. DexaScan: osteopenia. Cancer removed was 1.8 cm. Dx 3/23/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/31/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/17/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 19, 2019 06:57PM PontiacPeggy wrote:

TapperMom I've always taken my anastrole in the morning. When I was about to start it, nearly 5 years ago, someone mentioned here that it kept her awake. It doesn't keep me awake anytime. I also take Claritin with dinner. Since it doesn't help with my allergies at all, I take Benadryl - now 4 times a day. Just one capsule each time.

Come October, I will be done with my 5 years and stop. My MO doesn't want me to continue on. Says with my Dx, there is no reason to and more reasons to stop then. Kind of scary but I trust him 100% (unlike the MO I had in Michigan). I am looking forward to seeing what changes when I do stop. And if he thinks I should continue with Fosamax.

HUGS!

Peggy. Diagnosed age 68., Oncotype 13. Everything is doable - not easy, but doable. Dx 6/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/23/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1 Surgery 7/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/2/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 19, 2019 08:21PM CindyNY wrote:

Tappermom- I take it at night and at first I had insomnia. I'd sleep for a few hours, then wide awake for a few, then crawl back to bed for more sleep. Thankfully I was retired, but it still blew my day. That stopped after a few months.

Now here I am 14 months out from start, and I'm waking after 4-5 hours of sleep, I'm lasting until 6PM, and then crawling in bed for a 2+hour "nap." Messing up my days (and evenings), again. I'm hoping its just a fluke and will dissipate soon. You have nothing to lose by mixing up the time you take it.

PontiacPeggy- only 6 months left of taking AI! I can't wait to get there, but I understand being kind of scared too. This AI is our insurance against reocurrance. We can count on you to let us know what changes occur, and I'm hoping they're all good!

Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it.

dx at 58, no family history, onco = 19 Dx 10/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/1/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 11/13/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 19, 2019 09:49PM beep7bop wrote:

just started this anastrozole yesterday.  also 50,000 u vitamin D for 12 weeks

Dx 3/11/2019, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Apr 19, 2019 09:53PM - edited Apr 19, 2019 09:54PM by ed111

MexicoHeather -- thank you! First day on AI went almost without food easily. Just no desire. If this is a SE I take it any time! )) No lumpectomy yet. I take AI as neoajuvant to watch progression for three months. Will be fasting!

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Apr 21, 2019 09:40AM GrandmaV wrote:

Hi everyone, does anyone else bruise easier on anastrozole?

Dx 9/1/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 10/11/2011 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 11/4/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/4/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/13/2012 Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole) Dx 9/1/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 9/29/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 11/22/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 21, 2019 08:20PM JosieO wrote:

Hi GrandmaV,

Hmmmm...I take anastrozole and it does seem that my hands bruise very quickly, and deeply. Because I also take low dose aspirin, I assumed the bruising was due to the aspiri. Nothing else that I have noted from taking anastrozole, but it could well be. Thanks for posting-let’s see what others say.

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Apr 22, 2019 11:33PM Cutiekool wrote:

hi Peggy. I have a similar do and my onc said 5 more years. I want to stop sick of side effects ...do you have ant SE

Dx 6/11/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 23, 2019 10:04AM PontiacPeggy wrote:

CutieKool, I think our situations are slightly different since you had a positive node. I don't know how old you are but I'm 73 (soon to be 74). My MO says the risks of continuing anastrozole (such as bone loss) outweigh the potential benefits given my diagnosis. I'd be willing continue if he wanted me to. My SEs? Can't say as I have had any problems I can attribute to anastrozole. I take Fosamax for my bones and my osteopenia that I had before I started it is apparently stable. I don't know if he wants me to continue that or not.

If your SEs are affecting your QOL, the perhaps you should have a heart-to-heart with your MO. It's a hard decision. Good luck with whatever you decide.

HUGS!

Peggy. Diagnosed age 68., Oncotype 13. Everything is doable - not easy, but doable. Dx 6/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/23/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1 Surgery 7/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/2/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 23, 2019 10:31AM annieb4 wrote:

Hey Cutiekool,

Our situations sound a lot alike. I went a little over 5 years and said I am done. My MO doesn't know it yet, I go in for my 6 month check up next month and will let him know. He had told me 5 more years.... I am sick and tired of the SE's. Now I have osteoporosis and have to have the dang Prolia shot. It was and still is a hard decision to make whether or not to keep taking the drugs. 


Courage doens't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow." - Mary Anne Radmacher Dx 5/7/2013, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/25/2013 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 6/14/2013 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/23/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 12/3/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/6/2015 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Apr 23, 2019 10:27PM Peregrinelady wrote:

Annieb4, you might want to ask your oncologist about the BCI test. It will help you decide if 5 more years is necessary.
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 4/17/2016 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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Apr 24, 2019 07:47AM MissouriCatLady wrote:

Thank you for the posts and the positivity. I go in tomorrow to start Herceptin and Perjeta and imagine the Arimidex will start then. I still have a few weeks to wait for radiation. I recently bought a book called Uplift, Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors (used for $5 off Amazon Smile) that I would recommend. I've only read the Foreward and Radiation chapter. The author emphasizes positivity and I have to agree. We have a sisterhood here, I can always find good advice and comfort with you ladies. I need to ask if they will put me on Fosamax too. Wishing you all the very best, Lisa

Age 56, DX 10/17/18 IDC Left IIB grade 3 0/2 nodes ER+PR-HER2+, 11/7/18 TCHP, 4/4/19 Left Lumpectomy, 4/29/19 anastrazole (name-brand at CVS with a GoodRX coupon), 6/3/19 Rads, HP, complete response to neoadjuvant therapy
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Apr 24, 2019 01:15PM - edited Apr 24, 2019 01:16PM by mnsotamom74

Second day on Arimidex, yesterday slight nausea that was helped with zofran. Today the nausea was awful and the zofran barely helped, I finally took a nap to escape the symptoms. Will that calm down in time or is it a daily thing I have to live with

Dx 10/25/2018, DCIS/IDC/IDC: Cribriform, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 11/5/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/7/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/4/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 24, 2019 02:49PM mysticalcity wrote:

CBK and CindyNY--I was able to get my local CVS to special order the TEVA brand for me even though they discontinued it in their store. You might try that. So far they have done it the last 2 refills. I told them I was moving the prescription otherwise that I could only take the TEVA brand. I don't know if the pharmacist is just trying to help me out--he is a nice guy--or if they would do that at any of their stores. You could at least ask.

Dx 3/22/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 6/26/2019 Cryotherapy: Left Radiation Therapy
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Apr 24, 2019 02:52PM mysticalcity wrote:

mnsotamom74

I think it may calm down. I felt very sick the first 7-10 days--like I had the flu bad. . . .then it eased up. The PA at my MO office said that she finds many times the bad side effects seem to calm down after the first couple of months.

Dx 3/22/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 6/26/2019 Cryotherapy: Left Radiation Therapy
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Apr 24, 2019 02:54PM mysticalcity wrote:

GrandmaV

I seem to bruise much more easily now--but I am also taking a host of supplements like Turmeric and a daily aspirin etc. etc. . . so I wasn't sure what was causing it--it may be the anastrozole.

Dx 3/22/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 6/26/2019 Cryotherapy: Left Radiation Therapy
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Apr 24, 2019 02:58PM mysticalcity wrote:

MJ/Tappermom383

I take my anastrozole in the morning, at night to help sleep I take melatonin and magnesium

Dx 3/22/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 6/26/2019 Cryotherapy: Left Radiation Therapy
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Apr 24, 2019 03:20PM HikingLady wrote:

mnsotamom74 I always take my Anastrozole AFTER food in the morning, so stomach is coated, and I'm up and about, not lying down. That helps digestion go better than horizontal position (avoid gastric reflux, etc.) Drink LOTS of water--that also can help digestion go better. I haven't had nausea on my AI. That sounds very awful; I'm so sorry!

EVERY one of my side effects lessened or disappeared over time, for sure. I do wish that for you.

In reading lots of these threads, I've noticed that sometimes when we notice a side effect, it occasionally turns out to be caused by something totally different, coincidentally showing up when we start a medication. So, consider the slight possibility that you have another reason for nausea, like a virus? Just one idea to ponder, in case it might NOT be the AI.

I am curious to know whether my 'body adjusted' over time to the AI, as the MO predicted, or whether that's code for 'my brain got used to everything and stopped complaining about it.' I think those two might be the same thing. Yay for neuroplasticity!

Dx 3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2- Surgery 4/9/2003 Lumpectomy Radiation Therapy 6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/8/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 11/7/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Apr 24, 2019 04:04PM CindyNY wrote:

Mysticalcity- I just threw in the towel and take the Accord brand that Caremark sends. I had a few issues at the start, but quickly settled back to normal.

dx at 58, no family history, onco = 19 Dx 10/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/1/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 11/13/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 24, 2019 04:05PM - edited Apr 24, 2019 04:05PM by CindyNY

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dx at 58, no family history, onco = 19 Dx 10/6/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/1/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 11/13/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/1/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 24, 2019 06:01PM Tappermom383 wrote:

Thanks, mysticlady. I’ve taken the anastrozole in the morning for several days now. I seem to be sleeping slightly better. I also take magnesium at night (started taking it to offset my terrible moods - I was lashing out at my DH for no reason whatsoever - the magnesium definitely helped). I have melatonin but haven’t noticed it making much difference.

MJ

Diagnosed at 70 after four excisional biopsies over the course of 47 years. MammaPrint came back Low Risk. DexaScan: osteopenia. Cancer removed was 1.8 cm. Dx 3/23/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/31/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/17/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)

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