Arimidex versus Tamoxifen??

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Arimidex versus Tamoxifen??

by deezin on Wed Mar 07, 2012 02:22 AM

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I am taking Arimidex after diagnosed with Stage 3 BC  , bilaterol mast. and radiation. I am 56 post menopause.

My sister who is 59 post menepause just started Tamoxifen to prevent BC after found mass which was not cancer but could lead to cancer.

I thought Arimidex was for post-menopause and tamoxifen was for pre-menopause.  I guess I am wrong but could you post if you are on Arimidex or Tamoxifen and if you are pre- or post and why your doctor chose that medication. I really thought my sister would be taking Arimidex also so I'm confused.

she was told Arimidex is for us who have cancer and Tamoxifen is to prevent it.

Thanks

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by mandd5girls on Thu Mar 08, 2012 01:46 AM

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I started out with Arimidex after having stage 3 BC, bilateral mast. and chemo.  After 2 months I begged to try something else as the pain in my joints was horrible.  I was then put on Tamox. which my oncologist said was fine although I am post menopause.  I think that both are used on women in both categories.  Hope that helps.

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by deezin on Thu Mar 08, 2012 02:29 AM

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On Mar 08, 2012 1:46 AM mandd5girls wrote:

I started out with Arimidex after having stage 3 BC, bilateral mast. and chemo.  After 2 months I begged to try something else as the pain in my joints was horrible.  I was then put on Tamox. which my oncologist said was fine although I am post menopause.  I think that both are used on women in both categories.  Hope that helps.

Thanks for the info I was confused because we were told different things...  I also had chemo forgot to post that ...oops..I am dealing with the bone pain now Oct. will be 2 yrs. on Arimidex so I may have to change meds....did you have reconstruction? ...I have not yet had it but not sure if I want too I have heard so many people who had problems..

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by glasshalffull on Thu Mar 08, 2012 03:15 AM

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I started off with Tamoxifen, but cancer returned and I am now taking Arimidex. I was told that Tamoxifen costs less, which is why I was prescribed it first of all. I have found that I am getting stiffness taking Arimidex, but do regular exercise to try and offset this and it is monitored. As for reconstruction - yes, this was done at the same time as the mascectomy, but waiting to have another op to balance with t'other side. I've had no problems with the reconstruction and post op period was managed very well with only a stiff feeling. :) :) 

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by deezin on Thu Mar 08, 2012 03:18 AM

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On Mar 08, 2012 3:15 AM glasshalffull wrote:

I started off with Tamoxifen, but cancer returned and I am now taking Arimidex. I was told that Tamoxifen costs less, which is why I was prescribed it first of all. I have found that I am getting stiffness taking Arimidex, but do regular exercise to try and offset this and it is monitored. As for reconstruction - yes, this was done at the same time as the mascectomy, but waiting to have another op to balance with t'other side. I've had no problems with the reconstruction and post op period was managed very well with only a stiff feeling. :) :) 

Your cancer returned? How soon did it return?  so they stopped Tamoxifen because the cancer did return?

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by glasshalffull on Thu Mar 08, 2012 03:30 AM

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Yes, they took me off Tamoxifen as it obviously wasn't working. First op was a lumpectomy, but as I had radiotherapy breast had to be taken away on second reoccurance. First diagnosis was in November 2005 and second in November 2010. I'm feeling great though. Just need to keep on taking the tablets. :)

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by deezin on Thu Mar 08, 2012 03:39 AM

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On Mar 08, 2012 3:30 AM glasshalffull wrote:

Yes, they took me off Tamoxifen as it obviously wasn't working. First op was a lumpectomy, but as I had radiotherapy breast had to be taken away on second reoccurance. First diagnosis was in November 2005 and second in November 2010. I'm feeling great though. Just need to keep on taking the tablets. :)

thanks for info.  my sister in law just had a recurrance after 16 yrs. of being cancer free had lumpectomy then and now had bilateral.  My best friend going through chemo now with stage 4 went to the bones....I beleive the odds 1 out of 8 women is a lot higher than that I beleive it is 1 out of 4 women...stay strong ....

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by Jbsfbay on Thu Mar 08, 2012 04:28 AM

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I understand that Arimidex is for post-menopausal women. My side effects were so awful that it was too painful to work out at the gym. My bones ached horribly, and I suffered from "chemo brain", a condition where you feel like you are in a fog, and can't remember people's names or what you were just thinking. Weird, but true. I went off of the drug last summer so I could go to Ireland and hike around without pain. I had a great time,and felt well. My doctor switched me to tamoxifen at my next app., but I never took it after reading the side-effects of that drug. I now am back on a self-imposed lower dose of Arimidex.....I only take1/2 tablet every other day. I would not recommend this for anyone. It is just what I did to cope. My cancer was stage one, invasive ductal. Another gross side effect was the fusion of my labias and cervix to nearby walls, and atrophy of my vulva. This was all related to lack of estrogen, the purpose of the drug for estrogen-driven cancers. My gyno is now trying to balance localized estrogen therapy to rehab my "fragile vagina".......just giving you a heads up if you have had a similar experience. I have read a few similar stories on other blogs. I think that every person is different, and you have to make the best choice possible for yourself. Tamoxifen is for pre-menopausal women, but they were willing to switch me to it, and I am 60. Keep exercising and living well. One step at a time. JB

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by kayatlanta on Thu Apr 05, 2012 09:10 AM

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I have been taking tamoxifen since 4/08 though I am postmenopausal. Go figure. It is much cheaper than the arimidex and since I am self-pay I have no idea if that is why I was prescribed tamoxifen. The survival rates for both drugs is similar, though slightly better with the arimidex. If you are on private insurance the profit margin for the arimidex is higher than for tamoxifen.

I have had hot flashes with tamoxifen which I can live with doubly, because the tamoxifen is not so bad and it is reducing my chance of breast cancer recurrence. You can't know which side effects will happen to you til you try the drug.The main point of all of this is helping us be survivors so good luck on your quest. Remember the people who write to these type of forums are the ones with really bad side effects and there are probably many women out there who have mild side effects. My advise, try tamoxifen.

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by coachmare on Tue Apr 17, 2012 04:34 AM

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I switched from Arimindex to Tamoxifen because the side effects where horrible. I am almost 65, 63 when diagnosed.

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