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(letrozole) Tablets for Oral Administration
Femara tablets for oral administration contains 2.5 mg of letrozole, a nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor (inhibitor of estrogen synthesis). It is chemically described as 4,4'-(1H-1,2,4-Triazol-1ylmethylene)dibenzonitrile, and its structural formula is
Letrozole is a white to yellowish crystalline powder, practically odorless, freely soluble in dichloromethane, slightly soluble in ethanol, and practically insoluble in water. It has a molecular weight of 285.31, empirical formula C17H11N5, and a melting range of 184°C to 185°C.
Femara is available as 2.5 mg tablets for oral administration.
Inactive Ingredients: Colloidal silicon dioxide, ferric oxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, sodium starch glycolate, talc, and titanium dioxide.
What are the possible side effects of letrozole (Femara)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Less serious side effects may include:
- dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, tired feeling;
- hot flashes, warmth in your face or chest;
- flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
- nausea, constipation;
- bone pain, muscle or joint pain;
- numbness, tingling, weakness, or stiffness in your hand or fingers;
- pain in your hand that spreads to your arm, wrist,...
What are the precautions when taking letrozole (Femara)?
Before taking letrozole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to anastrozole; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: high blood fats (cholesterol), bone problems (such as osteopenia, osteoporosis), stroke or blood clots, heart disease (such as chest pain, heart attack, heart failure), high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver problems.
This drug may make you dizzy and tired, and may rarely cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are...
Last reviewed on RxList: 1/27/2014
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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