About letrozole and howto use it
Letrozole is ahormone-based medicine, which is a part of the group called aromataseinhibitors. It is also known under the name of Femara, and is used mostly inthe treatment of breast cancer after the surgery and breast cancer in thedeveloped stage in women after menopause. It helps by blocking the process ofaromatization in the body, which is the process of transforming of the hormonesandrogen into estrogen. This way, the level of estrogen is also reduced, andsince the growth of the many breast cancers depend exactly on the amount ofestrogen in the body, this way, their growth is blocked as well. Unfortunately,this does not always mean that it can cure the cancer or prolong the life.Besides these, there is a wide range of conditions and situations in which itcan be used off the label.
A few important piecesof advice related to the use of letrozole are to follow the instructions givenby the doctor, and to try to take the tablet every day at the same time. Incase a tablet isn’t taken in time, it would not be clever to take the doubledose next time.
Side effects ofletrozole
People react differentlyto this drug, but generally, serious side effects are very rarely experienced.However, since those treated by this medicine are under the supervision of theprofessionals, they should inform them about any side effect which might beexperienced, whether serious or not. The most common are nausea and vomiting,but headaches, tiredness, and pain in the muscles and joints may appear aswell. None of these side effects requires additional medical treatment, becausein most of the cases, they disappear some time later, when the body gets usedto the medicine. Some women may notice that they are losing hair, and some mayexperience hot flushes. The effects of the latter can be relieved by the use ofantidepressants, but something like that should be discussed with the doctor.As for the serious side effects, they include pain in the chest and problemswith breathing, infections of urinary tract, and swelling of the ankles.
In order to reduce therisk of the possible side effects, letrozole should not be combined withmedicines such as sedatives, antihistamines, pain relievers, tranquilizers,other medicines based on estrogen, especially birth control pills, and it shouldnot be used in cases when a patient has allergy of any kind, or problems withliver.