HOW DOES ANASTROZOLE FUNCTION IN MEN?
Anastrozole is an aromatase inhibitor that blocks the conversion of testosterone into estradiol and boosts the overall level of testosterone in men. Anastrozole might be prescribed by your provider for "off-label" use of an FDA-approved drug. Please consult with your provider for any questions regarding “off-label” use.
WHAT IS ANASTROZOLE USED FOR?
For a full explanation, please see the additional pharmacy documents.
WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
Anastrozole should not be taken by children, pets, those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or those who are allergic to any of the ingredients in anastrozole. Do not take anastrozole and tamoxifen concurrently.
Make sure your health care provider knows if you have: heart disease, osteoporosis, high cholesterol.
HOW WILL I BE MONITORED?
You should be in contact with your provider at least every twelve months. Your provider should obtain and review regular blood work while you are on anastrozole.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I MISS A DOSE?
It depends on timing. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
HOW DO I TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
Anastrozole comes as a tablet and is to be taken orally. Your personal dosage will be based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you are taking. Please take it as directed by your provider.
HOW DO I STORE THIS MEDICATION?
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Please dispose of medication according to local, state, and EPA laws.
WHAT ARE THE PRECAUTIONS WHILE ON ANASTROZOLE?
Potential side effects include: hot flashes, weakness, joint pain, sore throat, mood changes, high blood pressure, depression, nausea, vomiting, thinning of hair, rash, back pain, sleep problems, and shortness of breath.
Your provider may check your cholesterol levels. If you have ulcers, blisters, skin lesions, liver problems, general feelings of not being well, yellowing of the skin or whites of eyes, or pain on the right side of your abdomen, contact your provider immediately.
In the event you feel you are in imminent danger or have signs of an allergic reaction (skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat; trouble breathing or swallowing), you should contact emergency services immediately. For general symptoms, please advise your provider.
You should not take anastrozole for a prolonged period of time as it may lead to long-term side effects in men.