When and How to Take AnastrozoleGeneral considerations for when and how to take anastrozole include the following:
- Anastrozole comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth once a day.
- The medication can be taken with or without food. If anastrozole bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Anastrozole should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Anastrozole will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing Information for AnastrozoleThe dose of anastrozole that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
As is always the case, do not adjust your anastrozole dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Anastrozole Dosing for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with anastrozole. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of anastrozole include, but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Anastrozole to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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