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 1  After having 2nd breast cancer Many severe side effects. Musculoskeletal syndrome, flu-like aches, pain in hips, back and neck from taking the drug less than 1 month in 2004. The pain finally seemed to settle in my hips and neck. Had to be flat on my back to get relief. Still hard to sit at the computer for long to this day. Hard time standing longer than 30 minutes. Also had weakness that felt like I was going to fall down - that lasted for yrs. Developed a limp if I walked too much. Had severe depression and insomnia. During the 29 days I took Arimidex, I had violent mood swings and at one point couldn't eat so badly that I lost 10 pounds in 5 days My doctors clearly did not know what to do to resolve or even minimize the symptoms. I called Astrazenica & spoke with a doctor there. She admitted that they knew the drug was causing severe problems for some women. She also stated that they did not understand what it was in the drug that was causing these problems, nor exactly what the drug was doing to t Now I try to be as healthy & active as possible. 3 months ago, I ceased all exercise, as I had pain that gradually increased to the point I was hurting a lot of the time. Since I stopped the exercising & walking, the pain has gone away. I can't believe this could still be from the Arimidex, but I can think of no other reason like arthritis or some disease where the pain would go away like it has. I also do feel weakness to where I feel like I am going to fall down, if I do any prolonged strenuous physical work. When that happens, it feels exactly like it did when I still had the severe side effects. I would like to suggest that anyone experiencing severe side effects from this drug, consider the possible consequences of continuing with the drug. Some may find the side effects don't last that long, but I am an example of that not always being the case. This drug took away my quality of life for 10-12 yrs. And now seeing hints here and there of some of the old side effects, I am wondering if there has been some permanent damage. I am very active with yard, garden, home and care-giving work I have a healthy outlook & attitude, but am concerned about problems that surface from time to time that are awfully reminiscent of the Arimidex side effects I had for years. F 68 29 days
1X D
11/25/2021
 1  Breast cancer Stage T1aN0M0 Muscle and bone pain, fatigue, loss of hand strength and trigger fingers, felt feeble weak and 20 years older ++ F 0 days
1mg 1X D
10/28/2021
 1  Breast cancer Legs cramping, legs and feet swelling, numb, bulging veins, pain and chest pain. Took myself off for 3 weeks and the side effects lessened still getting some chest pain, foot pain and tingling but not as bad, proving the problems were caused by the Arimidex. F 80 1 years
1 MG 1X D
9/16/2021
 2  BC stg 1, lumpectomy, radiation After taking Tamoxifen for 2.5 years and experiencing horrible hot flashes, brain fog, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, I was glad when my oncologist switched me to Arimidex after verifying I was now menopausal. WRONG!! This drug is destroying my quality of life- I feel like I am 90 years old. I have horrible neuropathathic pain in both arms and hands, terrible bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome,intense joint pain in shoulders, hips and knees. Trying to walk after being seated for 15 minutes or more is crazy- I limp as though recovering from a major injury. The pain is so bad at night I have trouble sleeping. My hands and arms are so weak I have trouble lifting heavy items. I am seriously thinking about stopping this drug because I am afraid the side effects will be permanent. I do not think I can handle two more years of this. Weight management also difficult. F 53 7 months
1 MG 1X D
4/1/2021
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 4  Breast cancer stage 1A The first 3 months it affected my legs; felt like someone was squeezing my Bone marrow. I felt pain inside my Bones in my legs. I was very energetic , now I feel fatigue but push myself. I have osteopenia. Joints hurt, if I sit down too long, it hurts to get up. Lately, it hurts to walk. I do not have any leg vascular ailments. One year later, 2015, I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia and I'm on Sprycel 100mg. I have been on it 6 1/2 yrs with no other breast cancer. But I found women who stopped and 5-10 yrs later the breast cancer went to the bones. Due to estrogen once arimidex is stopped. No way out once you have Cancer. These meds do their job but ruin other things in your body. F 65 0 years
1mg 1X D
3/1/2021
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 1  Early stage breast cancer Very Severe, multiple, debilitating and long term ill effects not recognised by my medical team and still repeating after 9yrs Accumulating almost every side effect on the Patient Unformation Leaflet I was a person with no underlying health issues. Stopped Anastrozole after 2 yrs 2 months due to extra sensitivity to interchanges of generic brands of Anastrozle. Told by my Breast Care Nurse that I may never be the same again. Thought to be psychological. I addressed that much to the astonishment of my Consultant. It was not psychological. The interchange of generic brands of Anastrozole caused overdosing several days after new brand. Each change upped the intensity of ill effects and added further Ill effects due to the differences of the half life of the Active Ingredient. After stopping problems withdrew for the same period of time that I was on Anastrozole and some were worse creating more difficulties. To cut a long story short - the mix of Anaesthetic, Radiotherapy, Omeprazole for Hiatus Hernia together with Anastrozole at the start of my treatment has caused havoc to my nervous system, my muscles, connective tissue, skin rash, blisters and sores, bladder and bowel incontinence, falls, fractures, difficulty walking, unable to do my household duties, mouth peripheral neuropathy, tooth problems and now a suspicion of Glaucoma. I have also had surgery for a hip replacement and endometrial cancer. More Anaesthetic, more Radiation, more Morphine reviving the ill effects established by Anastrozole. Plus for several months - Ranitadine. No one tells us that Anastrozole is a cancer chemotherapy agent derived like all other cancer treatments from nerve gas, mustard gas produced for warfare during WW1. F 78 0 days
1mg
1/29/2021
 1  Stage 1 grade 3 estrogens BC Joint pain.insomnia depression.swolen fingers. Tiredness 67 4 days
1X D
1/1/2021
 3  Breast cancer Joint pain fingers.thumb locking.bloating.osteoporosis right femur neck. Alot of s/e but will cont to take it for time required F 68 12 months
1mg 1X D
12/19/2020
 3  To prevent recurrence for breast cancer Constipation insomnia aches in joints and muscles numb cold toes tingling in legs shooting pains all over body blurred vision dry month dry sore vagina Willing to put up with it to try to stop recurrence some days are worse than others F 63 6 years
1mg 1X D
11/8/2020
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 1  Stage 1A left breast hormone positive I already have fibromyalgia. I am cancer free due to bilat total mastectomies. Oncologist is prescribing as cancer prophylactic. Being new to all this, I'm scared of the side effects I started only 8 days ago.. How am I to tell the side effects if I have any are from arimidex or a fibromyalgia flair up? F 63 8 days
1mg 1X D
11/5/2020
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 1  Breast cancer Emotions like a man. Very strange. Never cried. Felt some fogginess also. Legs hurt. Just felt totally different. Can't remember everything. Couldn't think as well. Took 6 months to feel like myself again after taking A half dose of it for nearly 6 years. F 75 5 days
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9/20/2020
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 1  HER2 positive breast cancer Scary cardiac side effects - heavy pressure in my chest, wheezing, heart racing and palpitations-the worst acid reflux I have ever had in my life - started with joint pain in the first month and turned into respiratory/cardiac/gastro side effects after it built up in my system NOTHING worked on the acid reflux. Eating bland diet gave me terrible acid reflux. Went to my PCP and she looked up the side effects of Arimidex and told me that 40% or women taking this drug have artery problems and gastro problems. She took me off it for a two week trial and I felt better in two days. I have not taken it for the past 6 weeks. I met with my oncologist and told her the horrific cardiac (and gastro) side effects I was experiencing- she said because my EKG was fine I was probably having a panic attack! Really. A panic attack for FIVE DAYS, all day long, where I felt like at any moment I was going to have a heart attack???? NOT a panic attack. A doctor's answer to anything they don't know - panic attacks. Wheezing, congestion, chest pressure and terrible gastro problems. She suggested Tamoxifen as a replacement for Arimidex and I refused. Gave me a prescription for Letrazole (which I have not taken yet) because being that it is a "sister" drug of Arimidex I assume it will have the exact same effect on me. The bottle comes with a very length report on the side effects it has given women and they are all bad. I get that HER2 positive breast cancer is estrogen-driven. But giving women a drug that blocks the total estrogen in a person's body doesn't even make sense to me - your heart needs estrogen to be healthy, doesn't it? I'm searching for a healthy, NATURAL replacement for this awful drug. F 59 8 months
1 mg 1X D
7/6/2020
 1  Breast cancer Insomnia, anxiety, depression, foggy brain, heart palpitations, crying. Anyone out there with heart palps? Had a complete evaluation and three tests all normal. Palps due to drug and lack of estrogen in body to regulate heart. F 76 3 years
1 mg
6/24/2020
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 4  Post breast cancer treatment I have joint pain, fatigue, severe hot flashes, dizziness, and hand tremors. I was told that any drug they put me on would have similar side effects. I've had hot flashes for 22 years.have arthritis.have high blood pressure...and had a mild tremor before starting Arimidex. If it keeps me cancer free..I will deal with the side effects. F 59 7 months
1mg
5/22/2020
 3  Breast Cancer Nausea, insomnia, disabling joint pain and chronic fatigue Decreases bone density so make sure to take calcium F 46 5 years
1 mg
2/19/2020
 1  Low testosterone It made me feel 100 years old. I had pain everywhere, loss of memory, edema, myalgia, knee pain, mental illness etc... This drug is horrible and should not be on the market. I was prescribed it to supplement the testosterone shot I take for low test. I feel for women that have to take this for breast cancer. M 49 18 months
1 mg
1/3/2020
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 3  Hormone related breast cancer After a couple of weeks of starting anastrozole, I developed really bad knee pain , I have always walked so I began to walk two miles daily and found that this took the pains away , but now a year after the knee pain has come back and is so bad that I can only manage short walks , also my feet ache badly I really don't know now what the answer is and am considering giving up the medication , I ve not taken it for the last 3 days and already feel so much better . Its very scary as there's not alot of info out there about coming off it . F 64 1 years
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10/14/2019
 2  Stage 3 breast cancer Crippling feet pain. It takes me a while to get going when I get up. Shoulder and neck pain. Occasional dry cough. Itchy scalp. Won’t stop taking medication but would love to know any ideas on how to stop pain. Have tried acupuncture and a variety of vitamins. F 34 8 months
1 daily
8/9/2019
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 1  Yes All se listed. Could barely walk 1/2 block Such joint pain and constant sore throat. Got frail. Voice weakened. F 68 1 years
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8/9/2019
 1  Breast Lumpectomy Had arthritis to begin with but had a steady decline over three years of taking Anastrazole. Have now been told my knee joints are "horrendous" and am awaiting knee replacement. In tremendous pain and having to use walking stick all the time. Moving about like a 90yr old! Now left foot is causing great pain. Just hoping I can remain mobile while waiting for op in UK. Not sure I realised how debilitating this drug is. Blamed myself for being overweight. Would be grateful for anyone's help/comments re pain relief. Do I stop taking it and risk return of cancer? F 68 3 years
1mg
7/8/2019
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ARIMIDEX  (ANASTROZOLE):  Anastrozole is used to treat breast cancer in women after menopause. Some breast cancers are made to grow faster by a natural hormone called estrogen. Anastrozole decreases the amount of estrogen the body makes and helps to slow or reverse the growth of these breast cancers.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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