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Can Arimidex Be Taken In Place Of Tamoxifen?

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Posted on Thu, 20 Oct 2016
Question: What do you know about Arimidex as an alternative to Tamoxifen? Is there a better option for treatment?
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Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Arimidex is better

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Arimidex is better than tamoxifen in postmenopausal women with hormone sensitive breast cancer. It prevents more relapses. For this group of patients, these two are the best options actually. Can be given sequentially also, say 2 yr tamoxifen then 3 yr arimidex.

However, adverse effects profile is different. Arimidex causes less uterine problems but more joint pains and bone health problems as compared to tamoxifen. But we can use other bone health promoting measures to counter that.

Hope this helps.
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Can Arimidex Be Taken In Place Of Tamoxifen?

Brief Answer: Arimidex is better Detailed Answer: Hi Arimidex is better than tamoxifen in postmenopausal women with hormone sensitive breast cancer. It prevents more relapses. For this group of patients, these two are the best options actually. Can be given sequentially also, say 2 yr tamoxifen then 3 yr arimidex. However, adverse effects profile is different. Arimidex causes less uterine problems but more joint pains and bone health problems as compared to tamoxifen. But we can use other bone health promoting measures to counter that. Hope this helps. Regards