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ANASTROZOLE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS :
weakness, hot flashes; numbness or tingly feeling in your skin; swelling in your ankles or feet; joint pain or stiffness, problems with your fingers while gripping; sore throat, headache, back pain, bone pain; depression, mood changes, sleep problems (insomnia); high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears); nausea, vomiting; or mild rash.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, rapid weight gain; a bone fracture; swollen glands;
liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
signs of a stroke--sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance; or
severe skin reaction
MEDICINE USES :
Anastrozole is used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It is often given to women whose cancer has progressed even after taking tamoxifen . It is an aromatase inhibitor. This means it blocks the enzyme aromatase (found in the body's muscle, skin, breast and fat), which is used to convert androgens (hormones produced by the adrenal glands) into estrogens. Tumor cells dependent on estrogens grow less when there is no estrogen.
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