For most women, Arimidex® (anastrozole) is a safe and effective breast cancer medication. However, there are several safety precautions to be aware of before starting treatment. For example, Arimidex can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis, a heart attack, or high cholesterol.
Arimidex also can cause side effects, such as:
- Hot flashes
Other potential risks of Arimidex include allergic reactions and drug interactions. To help minimize complications, make sure your healthcare provider has a complete list of any other medications you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Arimidex Side Effects and Arimidex Warnings and Precautions to learn more about the risks involved with taking this drug. These articles discuss the problems that were reported in clinical trials and give more in-depth information on what your healthcare provider needs to know before prescribing it.)