EffectsSeveral studies have looked at the effects of Aromasin in women with breast cancer.
One study looked at Aromasin for the adjuvant treatment of early breast cancer. Adjuvant therapy for breast cancer is treatment that follows breast cancer surgery (with or without radiation). It is given to help prevent the cancer from returning. These studies compared Aromasin with tamoxifen in postmenopausal women with early cancer. After taking tamoxifen for two to three years, women either stayed on tamoxifen or were switched to Aromasin, for a total of five years of treatment. After five years, about 3 to 4 percent more women taking Aromasin were cancer-free, compared to those taking tamoxifen.
There were also three studies that showed Aromasin may be effective at treating postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer that has not responded to tamoxifen. Compared to megestrol acetate (Megace®), another cancer medication, Aromasin slowed the progression of the breast cancer in these women.
When and How to Take AromasinGeneral considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- It comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth once a day.
- It should be taken after a meal.
- Aromasin should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing InformationThe dose of Aromasin that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The severity of your breast cancer (see Breast Cancer Stages)
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Aromasin Dosage for more information.)