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Anastrozole - A drug used to decrease estrogen production. A nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor, anastrozole works to decrease the overall levels of estrogen, and thereby suppress the growth of tumors that need estrogen to grow. Anastrozole is often used as a treatment for metastatic breast cancer, or as an adjuvant therapy for early breast cancer, among some post-menopausal women. Some side effects of anastrozole may include the following: risk of bone fracture, allergic reactions, swollen glands, hands, and/or feet, stiff joints or joint pain, mood swings or depression, nausea and/or vomiting, hot flashes, sore throat, back or bone pain, and a general sense of weakness. The trade name for anastrozole is Arimidex®.
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