- Are Arimidex and Nolvadex the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Arimidex?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Nolvadex?
- What is Arimidex?
- What is Nolvadex?
- What Drugs Interact with Arimidex?
- What Drugs Interact with Nolvadex?
- How Should Arimidex Be Taken?
- How Should Nolvadex Be Taken?
Are Arimidex and Nolvadex the Same Thing?
Nolvadex is used to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic breast cancer), to treat breast cancer in certain patients after surgery and radiation therapy, and to reduce the chances of breast cancer in high-risk patients.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Arimidex?
Common side effects of Arimidex include:
- stomach upset,
- flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling),
- memory problems,
- loss of balance or coordination,
- blurred vision,
- double vision,
- eye redness,
- spinning sensation,
- sleep problems (insomnia),
- stuffy nose,
- itching, or
- rash, especially during the first few days as your body adjusts to this medication.
Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Arimidex including:
- flu symptoms,
- slow heart rate,
- feeling like you might pass out,
- seizures (convulsions), or
- jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).
What Are Possible Side Effects of Nolvadex?
Common side effects of Nolvadex include:
- hot flashes,
- changes in menstrual periods,
- leg cramps,
- abdominal cramps,
- bone pain,
- muscle pain,
- hair thinning,
- depression, and
- loss of sexual ability/interest (in men).
Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Nolvadex including:
- vision changes (e.g., blurred vision),
- eye pain,
- easy bruising or bleeding,
- mental/mood changes,
- swelling of ankles or feet, or
- unusual tiredness.
What is Arimidex?
Arimidex (anastrozole) is a non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Arimidex is often given to women whose cancer has progressed even after taking tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Soltamox). Arimidex is available in generic form.
What is Nolvadex?
Nolvadex (tamoxifen citrate) is a nonsteroidal antiestrogen used to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic breast cancer), to treat breast cancer in certain patients after surgery and radiation therapy, and to reduce the chances of breast cancer in high-risk patients.
What Drugs Interact With Arimidex?
What Drugs Interact With Nolvadex?
How Should Arimidex Be Taken?
How Should Nolvadex Be Taken?
The recommended daily dose of Nolvadex for patients with breast cancer is 20-40 mg per day, in tablet form.
All drug information provided on RxList.com is sourced directly from drug monographs published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Any drug information published on RxList.com regarding general drug information, drug side effects, drug usage, dosage, and more are sourced from the original drug documentation found in its FDA drug monograph.
Drug information found in the drug comparisons published on RxList.com is primarily sourced from the FDA drug information. The drug comparison information found in this article does not contain any data from clinical trials with human participants or animals performed by any of the drug manufacturers comparing the drugs.
The drug comparisons information provided does not cover every potential use, warning, drug interaction, side effect, or adverse or allergic reaction. RxList.com assumes no responsibility for any healthcare administered to a person based on the information found on this site.
As drug information can and will change at any time, RxList.com makes every effort to update its drug information. Due to the time-sensitive nature of drug information, RxList.com makes no guarantees that the information provided is the most current.
Any missing drug warnings or information does not in any way guarantee the safety, effectiveness, or the lack of adverse effects of any drug. The drug information provided is intended for reference only and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice.
If you have specific questions regarding a drug’s safety, side effects, usage, warnings, etc., you should contact your doctor or pharmacist, or refer to the individual drug monograph details found on the FDA.gov or RxList.com websites for more information.
You may also report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA by visiting the FDA MedWatch website or calling 1-800-FDA-1088.