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Do The Side Effects Of Anastrazole (Arimidex) EVER Go Away?

Do The Side Effects Of Anastrazole (Arimidex) EVER Go Away?

Been on Anastrazole (the generic of Arimidex) for 4 years and 4 months now
I'm suffering from all kinds of joint pain, insomnia, dry (VERY dry) skin, etc. Thankfully the hot flashes have abated from 5 - 10 a day to 5 - 10 a week.
So - for those of you who have finished the 5-year treatment - is there light at the end of the tunnel? I don't expect to go back to "before cancer normal" BUT do the side effects lessen somewhat (especially the joint pain?) after you stop taking these ^&%$^&% pills.

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A MyBCTeam Member said:

I was wondering the same thing..I have been on it for 3 years and my joints hurt so much I hate to get out of bed..if any one knows of anything to help let me know.. my doctor said they wanted to up them to 10 years now instead of 5..not this girl.

posted about 3 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Thanks for validating !!!!
These drs can’t step out if the box !

posted about 3 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I just passed my 5 year " cancer free" Mark been on anastrozole for 5..now we wants me on for 5 more.... I hurt from hair to toenail... Joints , skin, now my teeth implants have started to fall out. I only take 3 meds
.. Anastrozole, topiramate..(for migraines) and pravastatin ..(for high cholesterol). .. I'm not sure if I want to continue taking Anastrozole another 5 years if it's gonna keep making me feel this way.

posted about 3 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Been on Anastrozole for 9 years, one more year to go. Also have all side effects but had to learn to live with it. Some days are bad. But Have faith.

posted almost 2 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I was on Anastrozole but it was horrible! Hair loss, achey bones, bone loss. Then Doc put me on Tamoxifen
I wanted to quit that also. But multiple studies prove if estrogen fed cancer tries to come back the testosterone blocks it and it cannot reproduce. I have a few aches and pains on the tamoxifen but the peace of mind knowing I'm heading cancer off at the pass helps me sleep at night. My Doctor said my cancer was probably growing 7 years before it was found. Being the lump was so small and caught so early, I was blessed. I've been on tamoxifen now going on 7 years.

edited, originally posted almost 2 years ago
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