Arimidex and bone density

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Avatar m tn Just started Arimidex and after reading about the facial hair I m getting a little freaked out. My dr said since I am post menopausal I should not experience hot flashes night sweats facial hair growth etc. I really did not experience any symptoms when I went through menopause so I am wondering what is in store for me. Did anyone try AlgiCal to help with the bone density issue?
Avatar n tn My bone density is deteriorating, thus I would like to know whether I have to take osteobond 70mg weekly. Will arimidex contribute to loss of bone density? Thank you very much. Susan. This discussion is related to <a href='/posts/show/261175'>arimedex</a>.
Avatar n tn Since it can affect your bones, I make sure I get enough calcium and will be going for a bone density test in mid-November, which will be one year from my last one. I was told that I may have to consider Fosamax or one of the drugs to help prevent osteoporosis - depending on the results of the test. Arimidex can also cause muscle and joint pains which I am experiencing, but not sure if it is the med or a large weight gain over the past year. Advil seems to help quite a bit.
562511 tn?1285907760 Her low bone density puts her at risk for fracture but she is very afraid of the side effects of the medications used to increase bone density and flat out refuses those types of meds. At present time, she is taking Vitamin D and Calcium. Is there something else she can take to increase her bone density besides the commonly used drugs now marketed for increasing bone density?
562511 tn?1285907760 Her low bone density puts her at risk for fracture but she is very afraid of the side effects of the medications used to increase bone density and flat out refuses those types of meds. At present time, she is taking Vitamin D and Calcium. Is there something else she can take to increase her bone density besides the commonly used drugs now marketed for increasing bone density?
Avatar f tn So my Oncologist put me on Raloxifene for 2 years, as my bone density test were low and felt my body would not do well being on Arimidex right now. She is hoping my bone density will improve with the raloxifene. How much vitamin D would be healthy for me to take and help improve my bone situation? I have been told that raloxifene helps prevent breast cancer but is not usually given to some one who has already been diagnosed with BC.
Avatar f tn I have had increasing debilitating severe pain in left hip, left foot and both hands. DEXA scan showed increased bone density loss to that of a DEXA scan done before bc (ordered by gastro due to 30+ yrs of steroids). BC surgeon prescribed Fosamax and Calcichew/Vit.D3. A bone scan showed osteo arthritis in both hips, hands and feet. No meds prescribed. I am on weekly injections of 12.5 mg methotrexate for Crohn's.
Avatar n tn I know the difference between the two is Aromasin is a steroid and Arimidex is not. Has anyone taking the Arimidex had depression with it?
Avatar m tn What I wold also like to know is, do I need to be on Arimidex after the oopherectomy, isnt that enough to stop the Estrodial?. I now take Fosavance once a week to try and rebuild and maintain my bones and wonder if this is a waste of time as the Arimidex causes the osteopenia, so if I stay on that am I going to continue losing bone density? The Fosavance has its own abundance of side effects that are pretty scary.
Avatar n tn Now dr has told us to start the Arimidex 1mg once a day but I was reading the side effects on internet and one of the side effect of Arimidex is , it decraese the Bone density and could cause fracture (hip, spine etc). Please advise, in case of Bone Metastases, we should go with Arimidex or not ?Thanks.
Avatar n tn I have osteopenia and osteo-arthritis, and bone density loss. Mine is caued by 30+ yrs of steroids and for 4 yrs, the breast cancer drug Arimidex, which does not protect the bones as tamoxifen does. My bc surgeon prescribed a bisphopshonate, Alendronic Acid (think it is called Zometa in the US) which I take once weekly, and Calcichew/Vit.D which I take twice daily. Both are to build up my bones and prevent further loss.
Avatar n tn Hi. Arimidex really has a side effect of decreasing bone mineral density, and therefore making the person prone to fracture. The incidence of this in the general population is about 5%. However, these side effects are offset by the major clinical benefit which is prevention of disease recurrence and may ultimately prolong survival. This will all depend on how you accept these risks.
Avatar f tn My problem is exacerbated by breast cancer - nothing to do with Crohn's, just one of those blips, and taking Arimidex, which does not protect the bones like tamoxifen does, the bone density and pain in my hips, hands and feet has got exponentially worse in the last 4 yrs. Steroids are not the best meds these days for long term remission but great in the short term for bringing a flare under control.
Avatar n tn I also have Crohn's disease and recently had a DEXA bone density scan as I have taken steroids for some 30 yrs and my gastro was concerned that I am taking Arimidex for breast cancer, which does not protect the bones as tamoxifen does, but has a better prognosis for non-recurrence of bc. My bone density has thinned dramatically , was dx with osteopenia, since being on Arimidex for 4 yrs, but the Alendronic Acid has really reduced the pain level.
505677 tn?1263951693 Denosumab Shows Bone Benefits in Two Pivotal Studies Denosumab increases bone mineral density (BMD) and reduces the risk of vertebral fractures in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis as well as men treated with androgen deprivation therapy for non-metastatic prostate cancer, according to the results of two pivotal studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Denosumab is an investigational drug that targets a protein known as the RANK ligand.
Avatar m tn Hi, I have been treated for breast cancer with Arimidex and oopherectomy and now am borderline with osteoporosis, and experiencing horrid joint and bone pain since having been put on Fosavance. Will being on Arimidex stop the Fosavance working? will my bones improve in density and strength?. Also I would like to know if the mix of brittle bones, arimidex and fosavance will cause osteonecrosis of the jaw when I have a tooth extraction. Thank you.
Avatar f tn I could only sleep 2 hours before being woken up by the pain in my left hip - bone scan and DEXa scan showed osteo arthritis and bone density loss, but don't believe they could cause such debilitating pain...and I have been proved right. What took me so long? absolute naivety and ignorance of the side effects...why don't our doctors tell us about these? Are you on any kind of hormonal therapy? These could be the culprit.
Avatar f tn Has anyone had any experience with stopping Arimidex and the hip pain getting worse? My Mom was on it for several years and had some joint pain issues but the hip pain has gotten worse in the three weeks she has been off of it. I've been able to find a lot of comments from people who have complained of the pain while taking the drug but not anyone who had worse pain. Mom had a bone density test and her results were extremely good so that's not the problem.
Avatar n tn I took Tamoxifen for 5 years and am now on Femara (much like Arimidex). I'm also now on Fosamax due to some loss in bone density which I'm sure is partly due to the Fosamax, but also probably partly due to age as well. If you do take Tamoxifen and have problems with leg cramps and muscle/joint aches, I found that exercise helps immensely to eliminate the cramps and greatly reduce the aches.
Avatar n tn During the clinical trials of Arimidex and Tamoxifen, they found out that patients receiving arimidex had an increased risk of osteoporosis and fractures that can be related to the decrease in bone density. Tamoxifen, on the other hand, is somewhat "protective" in the sense that it can modestly increase bone density and prevent events like fractures. It will take a thorough and serious discussion with an oncologist to make a decision on what to take.
Avatar n tn I hate to tell you but I am on Arimidex and I have joint pain in my hips and knees and my fingers are stiff and swollen -- It started two weeks after I started the Arimidex --- It may be gentler than Femara but for me it hasn't been a walk in the part either -- Sorry your mom is feeling so poorly -- I hope they help her quickly -- maybe she should be taking Calcium with Vitamin D in the meantime
Avatar n tn 49, Stage IIA, 1.1 cm tumor, DCIS, 2 sentinel nodes positive, 21 axillary negative, E+/P+/HERneu negative, double mastectomy, and as above chemo and RT.
Avatar f tn The Zometa may be given to prevent bone loss and could increase the bone density which would be considered a benefit in terms of reducing the risk of fracture. There are no data to suggest that higher bone density will increase the risk of recurrence of a known breast cancer. The correlation between higher bone density and risk of developing breast cancer is felt to relate to the fact that both may be related to higher estrogen levels.
Avatar n tn With being on steroids for Crohn's some 30+ years, and now on Arimidex for breast cancer, my bone density has been seriously depleted. Because my bc had spread to my lymph nodes he wants me to stay on Arimidex, but he, and I , know it does not protect the bones like tamoxifen does, but has a better survival from recurrence. A catch 22 he told me. I have been taking alendronic acid (bisphosphonate) for a year now, with Calchichew/Vit D, but my bone density is getting less.
Avatar n tn I do know that Arimidex can cause osteoporosis or speed up osteoporosis and our doctors have us do a bone density study on the patients getting ready to take it and then follow it up with another within a year to see the goings on. They are prescribing Fosomax to help prevent bone loss. She may talk to her onc and see what they think. Ihope this helps!!
Avatar n tn As you have implied, however, aromatase inhibitors can have side effects such as joint aches and pains as well as bone density loss. It should be noted that the anti-osteoporosis drug Evista is chemically similar to tamoxifen and it is not recommended that either tamoxifen or Evista be used in combination with an aromatase inhibitor as they may interfere with its activity. This is not true for bisphosphonates such as Actonel, which appear to be safe in this setting.
751009 tn?1248800145 unremarkable, normal. 10/20/08: Breast MRI – confirmed 3 large tumors and several smaller. 10/27/08- CT Scan (chest, abdomen, thorax, pelvis) 11/7/08: MRI - abdomen: 4.3x4.3x5.1 cm and 7x7x10 mm hepatic masses; [now confirmed Stage 4 with mets to liver] 11/08/08: Tumor Markers: CEA = 60.2 CA 15-3 = 122 11/08/08: Mugo testing: heart is healthy 11/10/08: Meeting with onco and surgeon: Recommended usual protocol of chemo, mastectomy, etc. 11/20/08: Add'l meeting with onco and surgeon.
Avatar n tn D3 twice daily, as the steroids (30+ yrs) and 4 yrs of Arimidex (an aromatose inhibitor, which I am trying to change to Aromasin or Femara) for breast cancer have caused low bone density and ostepeonia. I had two spontaneous fractures in both feet last summer so am concerned about a hip fracture. I saw a Professor of Endocrinology in Feb last who said I was on the optimum treatment for both breast cancer and Crohn's - have to trust the docs sometime I guess.
Avatar n tn All the AI's affect bone density, tamoxifen doesn't and before starting one of these you should have a DEXA bone density scan for a baseline. It is a difficult decision I know..... Not everyone gets these bone pains on Arimidex, but lots of bc survivors I have come across on 2 bc support forums in the Uk and USA, do and some stopped it after 8 weeks.