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1 14th May 06:45
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Are any of you taking Arimidex and can share with me your experiences
with it, good or bad?
I thought it would be the Tamoxifen for me but was recently told it has
to be Arimidex. I can't take anti-inflammatory drugs due to stomach
problems so will I have a problem with Arimidex? My Onc just pats me
and says I'll be fine but he also said that about my Chemo treatments
and I was sick as a dog the entire time. So if you have any info
(especially "good" stuff to share <g) would you please give me an idea
of what I can expect since I'll be living with it in me for 5 years.
Thanks so much!

Bea
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2 14th May 06:45
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Hi Bea, I have been on it for almost 2 years and haven't had a problem with the
medicine per se other than the effects from what it is supposed to be
doing--reducing estrogen. I counteract those effects with exercise, reducing
consumption of foods with sugar, and the anti-inflammatory (Celebrex) which you
said you can't tolerate. Interestingly, I am also on prophylactic Doxycycline.
The first time I had that, soon after that came out it gave me stomach
problems--bad enough where I almost had to stop it. Currently, I am on several
different medications. There are some occasions where I do start feeling
effects--heartburn, nausea, and abdominal discomfort. When that happens I
drink Aloe Vera gel (made for oral use) that I buy in a health foods store.
The brand I buy is Lily of the Desert (made in Texas). It is certified
organic and contains 99.5% aloe vera gel. It also has .5% citric acid as a
preservative.
I was quite surprised to learn that it was something that was consumable. I
had only used gel for the areas of my body that received radiation--the only
thing I was allowed and told to use several times/day while undergoing
radiation. About a year later I saw fresh aloe vera juice as well as gel at
one of our local health foods store in their section of fresh juices. That's
when I learned that it was consumable.
I figured if it helped with burns externally that it might have similar healing
properties internally. I then did some research on it and found that was what
it was used for. I recommended it to a friend's mom who was having alot of
difficulty pain-wise after having to stop taking an anti-inflammatory for
arthritis after she developed an ulcer.
Much to my surprise, when I do experience discomfort, I expect that I will have
to take it over an extended period of time. However, for me all it takes is
about 2 to 4 ounces which I either drink straight or mix with an equivalent
amount of g**** juice. The next day I am fine and don't need it. I don't know
if it would help you but I am guessing it wouldn't hurt to try to see if it
might be of assistance.
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3 14th May 06:45
janhig
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Hi Bea,

I've been taking Arimidex for almost a year now. I had mild joint pain for
about the first 6 weeks, but a Dexa-Scan taken just before starting
Arimidex, showed osteopenia. I started weekly Fosamax at the same time I
started the Arimidex. After that first 6 weeks the joint pain went away
completely. I did have hot flashes, several times a day at first (never
really bad), and now I just feel very warm about once a day. In reality, I
feel great! No stomach problems (or any other problems) at all. Arimidex
can be taken on a full stomach, if that helps with your stomach problems.

Don't assume that you will have a problem with this drug. Your OB/GYN can
suggest a cream to use for the ******l atrophy, if that bothers you.
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4 14th May 06:45
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These drugs work differently for everyone. You may have no problems
with it.

If you do have serious problems, then insist that your doctor take this
seriously. Repeatedly insist, if they act dumb & keep ignoring you.

Susan, Su_Texas my opinions
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5 14th May 06:45
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Thanks ladies for the good helpful advice about the Arimidex. I will
certainly get and try your Aloe Vera drink, Kaye. My biggiest concern
is stomach problems and joint pain and I appreciate all of the help and
suggestions. If I have other problems, I will certainly take Su's
advice and bring it to the attention of my Onc.
BTW....I cannot take doxycycline. I tried it one time and it set my
stomach on fire for weeks! I now have it listed with ALL my doctors
that I am not to be given it.
Bea
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6 14th May 11:48
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Hi Bea,

I've been taking Arimidex for a year now and haven't had any problems at
all, other that a few very weak hot flashes. I don't take any other
medication. I asked my doctor for a baseline calcium test this year,
because Arimidex apparently depletes calcium and my results were high
normal.

Good luck with it.

Marilyn
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7 14th May 11:48
kaye301
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stomach on fire for weeks! I now have it listed with ALL my doctors
that I am not to be given it.>>

The first time I took it, it tore up my stomach pretty badly but I made myself
stick it out (fortunately, it did not cause any permanent damage--at least as
far as I know) and, in time, it became tolerable. I am NOT recommending that
anyone do that but just reporting my personal experience with it.
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8 14th May 11:49
janhig
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Hi Marilyn,

What do you mean when you say a baseline calcium test? Was this a blood
(serum) test? You need a bone density (Dexa Scan) test to determine bone
loss (osteopenia or osteoporosis). Blood (serum) calcium levels are usually
normal in osteoporosis. Serum calcium will increase with bone mets. You
need a Dexa Scan or other bone density tests to determine if the Arimidex is
causing bone loss. A normal serum calcium does not mean that your bones are
OK.

Janet
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9 14th May 11:49
mosherm
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Janet, thanks a lot for that. I didn't know that a calcium test was
worthless and my doctor didn't say anything about it, other than my calcium
levels were good. I probably won't see him until my annual visit next
December, but I've made a note on my calendar to start nagging for a
bone-density test at that visit

Marilyn
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10 14th May 18:41
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Marilyn, why not call your doctor? Why wait a year? This is not an emergency,
but bone loss can be serious and there are things to do about it if Arimidex is
affecting your bone density.

It's possible that you have to be on the drug awhile before negative things
start happening, but I know I had a baseline text when I started the drug and a
year later I was diagnosed with ostopenia (sp?) and started on Fosamax.
Deb
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