FEMARA is very useful in treating postmenopausal women with breast cancer and it works by inhibiting the enzyme in the adrenal glands (aromatase) that produces the estrogens, estradiol and estrone.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take FEMARA with a meal to avoid an upset stomach or without one.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
FEMARA falls under oral, anti-estrogen drug and it works by inhibiting the enzyme in the adrenal glands (aromatase) that produces the estrogens, estradiol and estrone.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store FEMARA at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F(15-30 degrees C). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using FEMARA if you are allergic to any ingredient in it.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
FEMARA may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using FEMARA. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
FEMARA was approved by the FDA in 1997.So it is safe to use this drug by pregnant women or lactating mothers.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include fatigue, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, headache, drowsiness or dizziness.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like chest pain, stomach pain trouble breathing, hot flushes, rash, itching. Very unlikely, but report promptly: swelling/redness/weakness/ pain in legs or arms, vision problems, unusual vaginal bleeding.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.