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What can be used instead of Arimidex in patient with breast cancer surgery history?

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Published At March 20, 2018
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My wife underwent breast cancer surgery a year back. She was then prescribed Arimidex 1 mg tablet daily. She developed sciatic neuralgia which made bending and walking extremely painful. The ayurvedic doctor who cured her ascribed it to Arimidex which robs calcium of bones.Can you recommend other medicines which can substitute for Arimidex?

Thank you.

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Sciatica is usually due to local compression over the nerve supplying legs like the one with disc prolapse. Arimidex (Anastrozole) is a hormone used for the treatment of breast cancer and can cause diffuse bone loss. That is why we give calcium and Vitamin D with these hormones to maintain the bone density. So my suggestion is to continue Arimidex till the response is there. Discuss this issue with your oncologist, and I am sure he will add calcium and Vitamin D.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

She took Calcium and Vitamin D. Please tell me whether there are any other alternatives.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

This is enough to counter the side effects of Arimidex. If still, you are concerned about it, do serum calcium levels to rule out any deficiency.

Thank you.

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Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan
Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan

Medical oncology

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