Arimidex vs. Tamoxifen (Soltamox, Nolvadex)

Are Arimidex and Tamoxifen (Soltamox, Nolvadex) the Same Thing?

Arimidex (anastrozole) and tamoxifen are used to treat breast cancer.

Arimidex is used in postmenopausal women and is often given to women whose cancer has progressed even after taking tamoxifen.

Tamoxifen 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.

Arimidex and tamoxifen belong to different drug classes. Arimidex is a nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor and tamoxifen is a nonsteroidal antiestrogen.

Brand names for tamoxifen include Nolvadex and Soltamox, Nolvadex.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Arimidex?

Common side effects of Arimidex include:

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Arimidex including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Tamoxifen (Soltamox, Nolvadex)?

Common side effects of Tamoxifen (Soltamox, Nolvadex) include:

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 (Tamoxifen (Soltamox, Nolvadex), Soltamox, Nolvadex). Arimidex is available in generic form.

What is Tamoxifen (Soltamox, Nolvadex)?

Soltamox (tamoxifen citrate) Oral Solution is a nonsteroidal antiestrogen used to treat some types of breast cancer in men and women. Soltamox is also used to lower a woman's chance of developing breast cancer if she has a high risk (such as a family history of breast cancer).

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What Drugs Interact With Arimidex?

Arimidex may interact with tamoxifen or an estrogen medication (such as hormone replacement therapy, estrogen creams, or birth control pills, injections, implants, skin patches, and vaginal rings)..

What Drugs Interact With Tamoxifen (Soltamox, Nolvadex)?

Soltamox may interact with bromocriptine cimetidine clozapine cyclophosphamide isoniazid letrozole methimazole nicardipine pioglitazone rifampin ropinirole ticlopidine tranylcypromine anti-malaria medications antibiotics antidepressants heart rhythm medications HIV or AIDS medicines or medicines to treat psychiatric disorders. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

How Should Arimidex Be Taken?

The dose of Arimidex is one 1 mg tablet taken once a day. For patients with advanced breast cancer, the medication should be continued until tumor progression.

How Should Tamoxifen (Soltamox, Nolvadex) Be Taken?

For patients with breast cancer the recommended daily dose of Soltamox is 20-40 mg.

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References


Arimidex Product Monograph.

https://www.arimidex.com/

Midatech Pharma. Soltamox Product Monograph.

http://soltamox.com/

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