Arimidex – uses, health risks, and side effects at NaturalPedia.com

Thursday, August 09, 2018 by

Arimidex is a drug that lowers estrogen levels in postmenopausal women. It can help slow the growth of certain types of breast tumors that require estrogen to grow in the body.

Arimidex is used to treat female postmenopausal patients with breast cancer. The drug is usually given to women with cancer that has progressed even after taking tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Soltamox).

Arimidex’s generic name is anastrozole.

Known health risks or side effects of Arimidex

Arimidex may cause common side effects such as:

  • Arthritis; bone, joint, and stomach pain
  • Bone breaks
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • A headache
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Hot flashes
  • Infection
  • Pain in other areas of the body
  • Swelling
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • A throat infection
  • Tingling or abnormal sensations in the hands and feet
  • Weight gain

You may require immediate medical attention if you experience severe side effects such as:

  • Blood clots or chest pain
  • Cancer of the endometrium/the lining of the uterus
  • Cataracts
  • Erythema multiforme/Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • A heart attack, high blood pressure, or a stroke
  • Liver inflammation
  • Low red blood cell count
  • Low white blood cell count
  • Weak or broken bones

List of organs that might be affected by Arimidex

An overdose of Arimidex may cause complications like an allergic reaction. Signs may include difficulty breathing; hives; or swelling in the face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Food items or nutrients that have similar effects to Arimidex

The following foods or nutrients have similar effects to Arimidex, and they can help prevent breast cancer:

  • Different kinds of colorful fruits and vegetables
  • Fiber-rich foods like beans, legumes, and whole grains
  • Foods and spices with anti-inflammatory properties
  • Foods rich in vitamin D
  • Soybean-based products

Fruits and vegetables that contain carotenoids and flavonoids also have a lot of medical benefits. Studies have shown that these fruits and vegetables can help prevent breast cancer:

  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Citrus fruits
  • Dark, green, and leafy vegetables
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Treatment and management options for the side effects of Arimidex

Treatments and management options that can help prevent the side effects associated with Arimidex include following a healthy diet that includes foods like:

  • Cruciferous vegetables – Cruciferous vegetables are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. Sources include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, or kale. These vegetables have sulforaphane, an antioxidant compound that can block an enzyme that causes joint pain and inflammation.
  • Fish oilFish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory benefits. It can also benefit patients with joint pain. Sources include cold-water fish like trout, sardines, and wild salmon. Vegan and vegetarian alternatives include chia seeds, flax seed, and organic soybeans.
  • Green tea – Organic green tea has polyphenolic compounds with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Spices and herbsTurmeric and ginger both have anti-inflammatory properties.

Where to learn more

Summary

Arimidex is a drug that lowers estrogen levels in postmenopausal women. It can help slow the growth of certain types of breast tumors that require estrogen to grow in the body.

Arimidex may cause common side effects such as arthritis; bone, joint, and stomach pain; bone breaks; difficulty breathing or swallowing; diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting; and a headache.

An overdose of Arimidex may cause complications like an allergic reaction.

Colorful fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich foods, foods and spices with anti-inflammatory properties, and foods rich in vitamin D have similar effects to Arimidex, and they can help prevent breast cancer.

Cruciferous vegetables, fish oil, green tea, and spices and herbs can help prevent the side effects associated with Arimidex.

Sources include:

Drugs.com

EverydayHealth.com

EMedicineHealth.com

MedicalNewsToday.com

Health.ClevelandClinic.org



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