FEMARA Reviews

Average Rating: 2.5 (1079 Ratings)

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 1  Following breast cancer Joint & muscle pain Headaches Nausea Diarrhoea Foggy memory Insomnia Depression Extreme fatigue F 48 5 months
2.5mg 1X D
 3  Stage 2 breast cancer Fatigue, joint and muscle pain, muscle stiffness, bone loss, insomnia, weight gain and now have been diagnosed with diabetes and high cholesterol. neuropathy in hands and feet that is worsening, brain fog, it can be hard to pull up nouns, mood swings. I have difficulty walking any distance because of pain and rapid heart rate with difficulty breathing. I have to ask my 82 year old mother to slow down because I can't keep up with her. I used to be very active before cancer dx, walking 2 to 3 miles each day and working out. Now can only ride a stationary bike 15 to 20 minutes a day.. Because of allergic reaction to chemo, I was not able to finish the treatment. I am grateful that nothing has come back, but must admit this medicine is quite difficult to endure. 5 more years and boy am I counting! Any suggestions for handling the side effects? I am grateful that it is available but can't help but think there should be effort made to develop something with less side effects. F 57 5 years
1X D
 1  Infertility I took femara 5mg for 5 days the first time.then after after 4 months i tried 2,5mg for 5days.i had all sort of side effect: jount pain hip, knee, shoulder, elbows, insomnia, hot flashes, blurred vision, night sweats, depression, loss of libido..it s been 4 months since z last pill, arthalgia and myalgia are still terrible.the rest side effects are gone.how long will stay this terrible joint pain I don t recommend any woman to take it for infertility.it ruins joint and muscle and destroys your quality of life.i wish arthralgia go away .any tip that can help me to redyce this pain is highly appreciated F 39 5 days
5 mg 2X D
 5  Breast cancer stage 4 bone Mets General stiffness of joints in body but minimal and not debilitating -- but this 4th year I'm getting arthritic reactions in my lower spine and hip...with exercise it eases -- but I can see it's going to increase in pain/debilitation .... but it has put me into remission for 4 years...I wouldn't change anything. So grateful for the drug. Being with my young kids -- even in discomfort is amazing. F 49 4 years
2.5 1X D
 5  Breast cancer Aches & stiffness in joints , bones and musles in pelvis and legs and nauesa. M 60 3 years
2.5 1X D
 5  Stage 3b breast cancer Night sweats, insomnia, severe periphal neuropathy in feet, hands and legs. Weight gain and mood swings with mild depression. Muscle and joint pain on left side of neck. Was on Tamoxifin for 4 yrs n 2 months, then Oncologist switched me to Femara. Been on Femara for almost 3 yrs now n yes side effects suck, but I have n will deal with them. Seen a Neurologist n on Gabapentin for my Neuropathy. Works beautifully n told my Neurologist, thank you so much n of course not stopping my chemo pill everyday because I have been cancer free 7 yrs mow. Femara worse than Tamoxifin side effects. Had some side effects with Tamoxifin, but again both meds kept me cancer free 7 yrs and I had stage 3b breast cancer, TWICE!!!! 50 chemo treatments, 35 radiation treatments and 2 surgeries....thank you and God bless F 54 0 years
2.5 mg 1X D
 4  BC stage 2 Very little really,some stifness in my joints fingers and thumbs in the morning.My sleeping is poor but I wouldn't put the down to Letrizole I was like that before taking it.My problem is should I stop taking it after five years as I have some osteopeona.Is there a greater chance of my cancer returning if I stoping taking this drug? F 65 5 years
1 a day 1X D
 2  Ovulation induction Hot flashes, severe stomach pains, diarrhea, fainting, foggy brain, insomnia, irritability, forgetfulness, bone aches This drug made me faint have uncontrollable diarrhea and stopped me from being able to concentrate. Awful drug F 40 5 days
2.5 mg 1X D
 2  Fertility I've taken this several times for fertility. It works. I was pregnant 2x that ended in miscarriage HOWEVER Headaches Anxiety HORRIBLE ANXIETY Shortness of breathe Muscle pain Foggy Insomnia Joint pain Depressed Heart palpitations Anger and fear Migraines I am SO sorry for the women who have to take this for years after breast cancer. There must be a better way. 5 days almost kills me. F 38 5 days
5mg 1X D
 5  Breast Cancer Muscle aches, joint pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, knee and leg pain. Hot flashes, insomnia and feel fatigued Femara helps out a lot but my quality of life has changed a whole lot since I been taking Femara. Can't walk a distance or climb stairs because of the muscle and joint pain that I experience from taking Femara F 62 8 years
2.5 mg 1X D
 1  Infertility and Endometriosis The worst. My mood swings are crazy. I can't focus or think rationally. I have pain throughout my body, especially my back and legs despite taking magnesium. I hate this medication. I hope it works so that all this is worth it. Only on my 2nd month of this course. The side effects are horrible. F 27 6 months
 1  Breast cancer I had 16 chemo treatments and 40 radiation treatments. I feel worse now then I did going through all my treatment. Crippling headaches,Neck and back pain, muscle pain, joint pain especially my shoulders, hands, knees and feet. I was confused couldn't think straight or remember things. It's like my chemo brain came back. Couldn't sleep, terrible heartburn, nausea, I had to make myself eat. Depression, extremely vivid dreams. I talked to my oncologist about all this and she took me off this medication. I've only been off for about a week but I don't feel any better. I can't sit very long without getting stiff but I can't stand or walk long either the pain is incredible. I use to workout 4 times a week hour each workout - now I can't even go down in my basement to do laundry because of the pain in my joints and muscle. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS MEDICATION. I know I'll never be able to physically do what I did before and I'm grateful to be alive. But I didn't expect this F 48 3 months
 1  Breast cancer Took femora for months . It was Terrible!!! Had to stop after 7 months. Had about every Side effect you can have. Felt terrible and got worse the longer I took it!! Horrible stuff!!! Weakness ,nausea, pain all over Neuropathy got much worse. Sleeplessness, overall miserable. F 78 1 days
 1  Breast cancer Initially hot flashes joint pain, muscle pain , depression, and made me feel like I was 90 and life was over I would highly recommend steering clear of this drug. It was made clear to me from the Onco after many complaints that this drug gives you a whole 2-7% advantage against cancer returning. Definitely not worth the awful downsides! I've quit it after a year and feel slightly better after being off it for 6 months now, but still have joint pain muscle pain, difficulty getting going after sitting awhile. Terrible! F 64 1 years
1 daily
 1  After lumpectomy and radiation Poison. Rather die. F 59 2 months
 1  After lumpectomy and radiation Horrible. I also have primary multiple sclerosis. Joints hurt like hell. Also acid reflux that I never had before. I have not went anywhere due to the side effects. I HATE this medicine 😫😫😭 F 59 2 months
 1  Brca2 Side effects were bad in the beginning. Stiffness, ache everywhere, I already had depression and fibromyalgia. But after I came off it my side effects got so much worse and I do mean much much worse Now I have feet that hurt so bad I can hardly walk come days. My back has bad arithritis I along my spine thatís narrowing on the nerves, servere pain. My knee has it in it so bad itís bone on bone, want like this I was diagnosed with cancer. My wrist both are so bad sometimes I canít even close my hands. So many more things going on I wish I hadnít started taking this drug. Iíve been quit taking it 4 months ago . One lady said she thought this drug had accrumatve side effects and Now I Know it Does. Why else would it still be bothering making me Hurt so bad. F 65 6 months
 1  Breast cancer and my doctor put me Canít stand for hardly any length of time . My feet hurt so bad I was in a wheel chair for 10 days. My sisters had to come in to feed me and my animals. I cryed so much I was sick. My knee and back went out worn knee brace and back brace. Still have back brace on. I canít stand straight without it. Does anyone know how long these side effects last . mine seem to be getting worse than better. Been off the drug at least 4 months now. This Drug is dangerous. Iím in kidney failure not due to this drug . But cymbalta. I was on it 8 months went into kidney failure that soon stage 5 . Luckily I went off it and regained some of it back. Iím now a stage 3. Good luck to those having to take these drugs. Someone said thier doctor put them on it for pain it worked for my fibromyalgia. But got my kidneys.?????We are famed if we do and famed if we donít. F 66 5 months
30 mg
 1  Breast cancer double mastectomy I took this medicine for 5 years. I have been off now for 10 years and I am now completely disabled. I had to retire at age of 41 after 5 years on this medicine. I can barely walk, bones and joints hurt, had a scan done that shows I have severe arthritis in every joint of my body. My point being is, the pain will not get better it only gets worse. I went to see a lawyer years ago to file a lawsuit against this company but my statue of limitations had passed. This drug is definitely called the devil drug! F 52 5 years
 4  Breast cancer estrogen positive Very few at first, started getting worse recently. Some joint pain and stiffness but now neck and hip pain, some days can hardly get out of bed but OK after moving around, hot shower, hot water bottles on lower back. Annoying insomnia, lack of motivation and depression. But it has been mostly pretty tolerable and it's a trade-off because I refused chemo. I have no doubts I would go to mets without it as tumour was very large, 10 affected lymph nodes, the cells will have already travelled into the body and Femara is all that is stopping them from growing. I was feeling very positive until recently but now not so sure I will be able to keep going if pain gets worse. But not a lot of options apparently. F 74 1 years

FEMARA  (LETROZOLE):  This medication is used to treat certain types of breast cancer (such as hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer) in women after menopause. Letrozole is also used to help prevent the cancer from returning. Some breast cancers are made to grow faster by a natural hormone called estrogen. Letrozole 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)