Femara Drug Information
Femara® (letrozole) is a drug used to treat breast cancer. Specifically, it is used in postmenopausal women who have:
- Early breast cancer that is hormone receptor-positive and who have had surgery
- Advanced or metastatic breast cancer that is either hormone receptor-positive or the hormone receptor status is not known
- Taken tamoxifen (Nolvadex®, Soltamox®) for five years after surgery or radiation therapy.
Femara works by blocking certain enzymes in the body that produce estrogen. By decreasing estrogen production, this medicine can help slow down the growth of breast cancer.
Although the drug is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Before taking Femara, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications. In particular, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have certain health problems, such as osteoporosis or liver disease.
(Click Femara for more information on using this medication to treat breast cancer. Topics discussed in this article include dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and safety issues to be aware of while taking it.)