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Femara Generic (Letrozole)
What Is Femara?
Femara is a form of hormone therapy known as an aromatase inhibitor, which works by reducing the amount of estrogen in postmenopausal women. Femara has been available for nearly 20 years and research by Novartis Oncology has continued during this time.
Femara is indicated for the adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer. Femara is indicated for the extended adjuvant treatment of early breast cancer in postmenopausal women who have received 5 years of adjuvant tamoxifen therapy.
The effectiveness of Femara in the extended adjuvant treatment of early breast cancer is based on an analysis of disease-free survival in patients treated with FEMARA for a median of 60 months.
Femara is indicated for first-line treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive or unknown, locally advanced, or metastatic breast cancer. Femara is also indicated for the treatment of advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women with disease progression following antiestrogen therapy.
How should I use this medicine?
This medication is used to treat certain types of breast cancer (such as hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer) in women after menopause.
Letrozole is also used to help prevent cancer from returning. Some breast cancers are made to grow faster by a natural hormone called estrogen. Letrozole decreases the amount of estrogen the body makes and helps to slow or reverse the growth of these breast cancers.
How Does Femara Work?
Hormones are chemical substances that are produced by glands in the body, which enter the bloodstream and cause effects in other tissues. For example, the hormone testosterone is made in the testicles and is responsible for male characteristics such as a deepening voice and increased body hair.
The use of hormone therapy to treat cancer is based on the observation that receptors for specific hormones that are needed for cell growth are on the surface of some tumor cells. Hormone therapies work by stopping the production of a certain hormone, blocking hormone receptors, or substituting chemically similar agents for the active hormone, which cannot be used by the tumor cell.
The different types of hormone therapies are categorized by their function and/or the type of hormone that is affected.
Femara is an aromatase inhibitor. This means it blocks the enzyme aromatase (found in the body's muscle, skin, breast, and fat), which is used to convert androgens (hormones produced by the adrenal glands) into estrogen. In the absence of estrogen, tumors dependent on this hormone for growth will shrink.
How Do I take Femara?
You should take Letrozole at about the same time each day. You may take Femara with or without food. If you miss a dose, do not take a double dose the next day.
You should not stop taking Femara without discussing it with your physician.
The amount of Femara that you will receive depends on many factors, including your general health or other health problems, and the type of cancer or condition being treated. Your doctor will determine your dose and how long you will be taking Femara.
Femara is used for primarily treating certain kinds of breast cancer in women past menopause. Femara is an aromatase inhibitor. It works by reducing the total amount of estrogen produced primarily in the body. This helps to starve cancer cells by depriving them of estrogen.
Use Femara as directed by your doctor.
Take Femara by mouth with or without food.
Take Femara on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
If you miss a dose of Femara, take it as soon as possible.
If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your healthcare provider any questions you may have about how to use Femara.
The recommended dose of Femara in adults and elderly patients is 2.5 mg once a day. Take a full glass of water with or without a meal. Follow all recommendations of your doctor.
Your doctor may need you to be tested on a regular basis to control the effectiveness of this medication. Do not miss any appointments. Your bone mineral density may also need regular testing.
Missed doseIf you missed a dose take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose just skip it and return to your regular schedule. Never take an extra or double dose of Femara.
OverdoseThis medication is not likely to produce life-threatening symptoms. Inform your doctor if you suspect that you took too much of this drug.
Precautions:Inform your doctor if you have liver disease as you may need a dose adjustment or special safety tests.
Do not start treatment with Femara if you are pregnant.
When you are on this medication be sure about the use of effective birth control methods.
Do not take more Femara than was prescribed to
Contraindications:Femara is contraindicated in women who are pregnant. This medication may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant women.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Store Femara at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted.
Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store it in the bathroom. Keep Femara out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Active Ingredient: Letrozole.
Do not use Femara if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Femara
- you have not started menopause.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Femara. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
· if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
· if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
· if you have allergies to medicines or other substances
· if you have liver problems or high cholesterol
· if you are still having menstrual periods or have not completely finished menopause
· if you are taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Some medicines may interact with Femara. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
· Tamoxifen because it may decrease Femara's effectiveness.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Femara may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Important safety information:
· Femara may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Femara with caution. Do not drive or perform other possible unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
· Femara may cause dizziness; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase this effect. To prevent dizziness, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of dizziness.
· If you may become pregnant, you must use effective birth control while you take Femara. Women who are going through or have recently gone through menopause may still become pregnant. Talk with your doctor about the use of effective birth control while you take Femara.
· Lab tests, including bone mineral density or cholesterol levels, may be performed while you use Femara. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
· Use Femara with caution in the elderly; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
· Femara should not be used in children; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
· Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Do not use Femara if you are pregnant. Avoid becoming pregnant while you are taking it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if Femara is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Femara, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
Back, leg, or arm pain; breast pain; constipation; cough;
diarrhea; dizziness; headache; hot flashes; flushing; increased sweating;
indigestion; joint or muscle pain; loss of appetite; mild swelling or fluid
retention; nausea; night sweats; sleeplessness; stomach pain; tiredness;
vaginal dryness or irritation; vomiting; weakness; weight gain or loss.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty
breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or
tongue; unusual hoarseness); calf pain or tenderness; chest pain; confusion;
fever, chills, or sore throat; increased or painful urination; numbness of an
arm or leg; one-sided weakness; severe or persistent bone pain; severe stomach
pain; shortness of breath; sudden severe headache, vomiting, dizziness, or
fainting; swelling of the ankles or feet; unexplained vaginal bleeding or
discharge; vision or speech changes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider.