- Common use
Femara is an oral, anti-estrogen drug which lowers estrogen levels in postmenopausal women to prevent certain types of breast cancer.
Dosage and direction
The recommended dose of Femara in adults and elderly patients is 2.5 mg once a day. Take with a full glass of water with or without a meal. Follow all recommendations of your doctor. Your doctor may need you to be tested on a regular basis to control effectiveness of this medication. Do not miss any appointments. Your bone mineral density may also need a regular testing.
Inform your doctor if you have liver disease as you may need a dose adjustment or special safety tests. Do not start treatment with Femara if you are pregnant. When you are on this medication be sure about the use of effective birth control methods. Do not take more Femara than it was prescribed to you.
Femara is contraindicated in women who are pregnant. This medication may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman.
You may experience signs of allergic reaction such as hives, rash, difficulty breathing, facial swelling and also hot flashes, headache, night sweats, muscle or joint pain, fatigue, feeling weak, weight gain, nausea, swelling in the extremities. Stop taking the medication and contact your doctor if adverse reactions listed above get worse.
Concomitant use of Femara and tamoxifen by a daily dose of 20 mg leads to decrease of letrozole in blood concentrations. Caution should be exercised when letrozole is used together with drugs metabolized by cytochrome P450 isoenzymes (2A6 and 2S19). Inform your doctor about all medications, herbal products, food supplements and vitamins you use.
If you missed a dose take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose just skip it and return to your regular schedule. Never take extra or double dose of Femara.
This medication is not likely to produce life-threating symptoms. Inform your doctor if you suspect that you took too much of this drug.
Store at room temperature between 20-25 C (68-77 F). Store away from moisture, heat, and sunlight. It is not recommended to store in a bathroom and places available for children.
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