Letrozole Drug Information
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the medication letrozole (Femara®) for the treatment of certain kinds of breast cancer. Specifically, this medicine is used to treat women who:
- Have early breast cancer that is hormone receptor-positive and who have had surgery
- Have taken tamoxifen (Nolvadex®, Soltamox™) for five years after surgery or radiation therapy for breast cancer
- Have advanced or metastatic (spreading) breast cancer that is either hormone receptor-positive or hormone receptor-unknown.
Prior to beginning treatment with letrozole, review the medication's safety information with your healthcare provider. This includes side effects to watch out for during treatment, such as weight gain or joint pain, and safety precautions to keep in mind.
(Click Letrozole for more information on this drug, such as how it works, when and how to take it, and factors that affect your dose.)