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Femara is the brand name for Letrozole. Femara is usually used in treating certain kinds of breast cancer for women who are in the menopausal stage. Femara belong to a class of drugs which are collectively known as aromase inhibitor. Femara works by restricting the production of estrogen in the body. The restricted production starves the cancer cells that need estrogen to grow.
Femara is known to interact with the presence of other medical conditions. Your doctor should do a full check-up and know your medical history before administering the drug. If you are planning to become pregnant, or if you are a breast-feeding mother, Femara might not be right for you. Femara is not advisable for patients who have severe liver disease as it can only worsen the condition.
Thing to Know in Taking Femara
Femara is only for women under menopause. Therefore, if you are still having menstrual cycles, your doctor will not allow you to use Femara. In addition it is not logical to take in Femara if you are undergoing hormone replacement therapy.
Femara is an approved medication for adjuvant therapy. Adjuvant therapy is the method used to help reduce the probability of cancer cells coming back after surgery. Femara can be used alongside other treatment techniques such as chemotherapy, radiation, and hormonal therapy. Femara is also an approved
application treatment for extended adjuvant therapy.
Femara should not be taken if the patient is in the pre-menopausal stage. Your doctor should discuss the need for adequate birth control as Femara can harm the fetus. It is also known to produce dizziness or drowsiness. It is important for the patient not to drive or perform physical activities while under medication. The doctor’s advice should be carefully taken while you are still adjusting to the effects to the medication. To prevent drowsiness, sit up or stand up slowly. Also, remember to rest or sit down at the first sign of dizziness. Elderly people may have increased sensitivity to its side effects.
Femara also hosts a number of side effects. The more common side effects of Femara are arthritis, leg or arm pain, breast pain, constipation and diarrhea to name a few. Women under medication can also experience weakness while under medication. The most serious side effects include severe allergic reactions, severe
stomach pain, shortness of breath, vomiting, sore throat or fever and swelling.
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