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Dr. Nicholas Tranakas, M.D.
Medical Director of Cancer Services
Broward Health
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954-355-4400

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Anastrozole Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

ANASTROZOLE (an AS troe zole) is used to treat breast cancer in women who have gone through menopause. Some types of breast cancer depend on estrogen to grow, and this medicine can stop tumor growth by blocking estrogen production.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to anastrozole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • tamoxifen

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Let your doctor or health care professional know about any unusual vaginal bleeding.

Do not treat yourself for diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or other side effects. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • any new or unusual symptoms

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • leg pain or swelling

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • back or bone pain

  • cough, or throat infection

  • diarrhea or constipation

  • dizziness

  • headache

  • hot flashes

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea

  • sweating

  • weakness and tiredness

  • weight gain

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


The Breast Center at Broward Health Medical Center, opened in June 1998, offers a full spectrum of cancer care to meet the needs of the people of Broward County.

Services include:

  • Breast Cancer Navigator Program
  • Digital Mammograms
  • Ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Biopsies
  • Bone density
  • Genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene
  • Breast cancer high risk program. Evaluate your risk
  • Multidisciplinary planning of breast cancer treatment
  • Clinical breast exams

Comprehensive Breast Services
Comprehensive Breast Services include routine screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound, second opinion services, breast self-exam instruction, and educational resources. State-of-the-art equipment includes digital mammography and breast MRI as well as MRI-guided biopsies. Genetic screening and testing for breast and ovarian cancer is also available, along with the capability for prone and upright biopsies.

Moffitt Cancer Center

Our cancer program is affiliated with the world-renowned Moffitt Cancer Center, the only affiliation in Broward, Dade and Monroe counties. Moffitt, part of an elite group of National Cancer Institute Centers, is solely dedicated to the rapid translation of research discoveries to directly benefit people with cancer. Out affiliation with the Moffitt Cancer increases access to the latest cancer treatment discoveries.

Breast Cancer Navigator Program
Broward Health provided 29,380 mammograms last year, nearly 3,000 of them for women who had no insurance and could not afford to pay. A grant of nearly $150,000 from the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society will help Broward Health set up a new Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Program to ensure that more women living in poverty will get the medical care they need after an abnormal mammogram or a diagnosis of breast cancer. [more...]

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