Arimidex and Depression
Other Thoughts on Arimidex and DepressionDepression is common in people diagnosed with cancer, affecting up to 25 percent of cancer patients. Depression is not simply sadness or a blue mood. Sadness and grief are normal reactions to the crises faced during breast cancer, and will be experienced at times by all people. Depression is an illness that does not go away by itself.
For women taking Arimidex, depression may also occur, although the impact of the medicine in causing depression is not known. Regardless of whether depression is related to the medicine, the cancer, or other factors, the important thing is to seek help. If you notice any possible depression symptoms while taking Arimidex, or if something "just does not seem right," you should talk to your healthcare provider. He or she will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
Sometimes, this depression treatment involves counseling. In other cases, depression medications (antidepressants) may be needed. Some women also find support groups to be helpful in coping with the emotional and practical aspects of their disease.
(Click Breast Cancer Support for more information on support options for women with breast cancer.)