FEMARA: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Breast Cancer, Adjuvant “Right mastectomy 2016, 5 months chemo and 5 weeks radio therapy. Started Femara 15 months ago, prescribed for 5 years. I am experiencing increasing pain in my joints, muscles, liver and over all depression. Am considering stopping femara as the tumour was removed with no spread to lymph nodes. Lymph clearance all the same as the centinel node was infected. I am 55 but feel a lot older than ever before!”

Bodiceae (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 5, 2018

For Breast Cancer “I’ve been taking Femara for a little over 5 months and have yet to experience any side effects whatsoever. I’d been warned about hot flashes, night sweats, joint pain, muscle pain, and so far nothing. I have two smallish tumors in one breast that we caught very early on, and at my 4 month ultrasound they’ve decreased by about 50%. I’ll have a nipple-sparing mastectomy in about 2 weeks with DIEM flap reconstruction…the grossest part of this whole episode in my opinion…followed by radiation. No chemo here, just a very healthy mostly vegetarian diet and tons of walking. I’m 69, 5’6″, 135, and so far consider myself about the luckiest cancer patient anywhere. Maybe I’ll start feeling sick at some point but not yet. Hang in there ladies!!”

Smittie May 15, 2017

For Breast Cancer “I’ve been taking letrozole(Femara) 9 months, after a right side mastectomy for stage IIA breast cancer. I’m ER & PR positive. No radiation or chemo. I’m 58 & this is the only drug I take, besides vitamins. The first 6 weeks I had trouble sleeping, occasional dizziness, some joint pain, & mild headaches. Around 4 months in, I started losing hair. I’d guess approximately 25% of my hair has fallen out. Besides the hair loss, I have dry eyes, genitals, & skin. There’s some stiffness & joint pain in my hips. These side effects are tolerable, especially, knowing that the drug is preventing a cancer recurrence. None of these side effects are enough for me to stop taking letrozole!”

Shorty! September 21, 2016

For Breast Cancer “Considering going off of it. Too many severe side effects such as painful hands and feet, tendinitis of wrists, weight gain.”

Notfemarame September 9, 2016

For Breast Cancer, Adjuvant “joint pain, no energy, no enthusiasm for social life, tiredness, weakness, low appetite.Femara is extending my life. I know this since I have been in remission for 5 years after taking Femara. My breast cancer started in right breast 32 years ago. Chemo and Radiation therapy stopped it for 22 years but 5 years ago it matastasized to lung and bones. This is when the oncologist prescribed Femara. I’m now in my “golden” years, a widow for 16 years but determined to find relief for this pain and relief from this depression so I can be happy and enjoy life.”

marge623 May 13, 2016

For Breast Cancer “Stg 2b or stg 3 according to onc nurse. Invasive lob cancer. One yr on letrozol.just had bone cancer scare but negative bone scan. Hot flashes, sweats, bone fracture, not injury. Some bleeding from genital tissues. Also had 10 lb weight loss. Anyone else with bleeding and weight loss? Lots of back pain, already had osteo earth.”

Jewelry nut (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 2, 2016

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