When given for the treatment of breast cancer, Arimidex dosage guidelines call for 1 mg a day. In women with early breast cancer, the drug could be taken for as long as five years; for women with advanced breast cancer, it is taken until the tumor grows or metastasizes. Factors that can affect your specific Arimidex dosage include the stage of breast cancer and whether other medications are being taken.
The dose of Arimidex® (anastrozole) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
As is always the case, do not adjust your Arimidex dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Arimidex Dosage for Breast CancerThe recommended dose of Arimidex in postmenopausal women is Arimidex 1 mg a day. For women with advanced breast cancer, the medication should be taken until the tumor begins to grow or spreads (metastasizes). For women with early breast cancer who have undergone surgery or radiation, it is not known how long Arimidex should be taken. In studies, the drug was continued for at least five years in these situations.
General Arimidex Dosage InformationConsiderations for people taking Arimidex include the following:
- Arimidex comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth once a day.
- The medication can be taken with or without food. If Arimidex bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- The medication should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For Arimidex to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The drug will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to Arimidex or your Arimidex dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without discussing it with your healthcare provider.