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What is Femara used for?
Femara is a drug that is used to treat certain types of breast cancer in women after menopause. It works by blocking the formation of estrogen in the body. It is often given to women who have been taking Tamoxifen (Nolvadex or Soltamox) for 5 years. Femara works differently than Tamoxifen, for it is only effective in post-menopausal women. This medication can be used with Tamoxifen, but only in post-menopausal women who have been on tamoxifen for at least five years.
You can buy Femara (Letrozole) online at My Drug Center. We have the Femara generic, called Letrozole, available for purchase as well.
How does Femara work?
Femara comes as a tablet and contains the active ingredient Letrozole. It belongs to a class of drug called aromatase inhibitors. The Letrozole dosage in this medication works by inhibiting an enzyme called aromatase, which converts testosterone (an androgen) to estradiol (estrogen). In post-menopausal women, estrogen is produced mainly in the brain, liver, breasts, bones, skin, pancreas, and adipose (fat-storing) cells. Femara is able to block the conversion of testosterone in these so-called peripheral tissues, making it effective for post-menopausal women.
Before taking Femara or the Letrozole generic, read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Femara orally once a day with a full glass of water. This medication can be taken with or without a meal. Make sure you take this medication at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Letrozole dosage in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
Tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you may have and list all Rx medications, OTC drugs, and any herbal, dietary, or vitamin supplements you are taking that might change how Femara works in your body or cause unwanted side effects. Femara will not prevent you from getting cancer.
Before taking Femara, tell your doctor if you have osteoporosis, osteopenia (low bone mineral density), high cholesterol, or liver disease (especially cirrhosis).
Femara may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. To be sure this medicine is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Your bone mineral density may also need to be checked.
Some Femara side effects include:
Hot flashes, warmth or redness in yoru face or chest, headache, dizziness, weakness, bone pain, muscle or joint pain, swelling, weight gain, increased sweating, or increased cholestesrol in your blood
If any side effects of Letrozole become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Femara?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best Femaradosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Femara is for use only in women who can no longer get pregnant. Letrozole can harm an unborn baby. Do not use Letrozole if you are pregnant. Use effective birth control if you are not past menopause. Keep using birth control for at least 3 weeks after your last dose of Femara. Tell your doctor if you think you may be pregnant.
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