Altraz is approved by the FDA for the treatment of post-menopausal breast cancer in women who have cancer growth after treatment with tamoxifen.
Altraz is a drug used that is widely used by bodybuilders to prevent edema and gynecomastia or the enlargement of breasts in males. Bodybuilders will generally take .25 mg to 1 mg of Altraz per day to achieve the desired results.
It is important that bodybuilders who use Altraz be tested to be sure estrogen levels are not reduced too much. The preferred testing method is a blood test although some bodybuilders use a salivary test. This test should be done after taking Altraz for one week to verify if the correct dosage is being used.
Altraz (Generic Arimidex) contains Anastrozole which is used in the treatment of early-stage breast cancer in post-menopausal women. It is also used in the treatment of advanced (that has spread within the breast or to other parts of the body) breast cancer in post-menopausal women previously treated with drug tamoxifen.
Anastrozole belongs to aromatase inhibitor group of medication. It blocks the synthesis of hormone estrogen and substances similar to it (estrone, estradiol) that are responsible for the progression of breast cancer in post-menopausal women.
The dosage of Anastrozole prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. Anastrozole can be taken with or without food.
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Anastrozole medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Anastrozole, seek medical attention immediately.
Hypersensitivity to Altraz Tablet is a contraindication. In addition, Altraz Tablet should not be used if you have the following conditions:
- Pre-menopausal women
- Missed Dose:
If a dose of Altraz 1 mg Tablet is missed, take the dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.
In case of an overdose, get emergency medical attention or call the doctor immediately.
The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Altraz Tablet. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.
- Hot flashes
Pregnancy – This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
Breast-feeding – This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.
Premenopausal women – This medicine is not recommended for use in premenopausal women with breast cancer.
Osteoporosis – This medicine should be used with caution in patients with osteoporosis due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient’s condition.
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1. Is anastrozole a controlled substance/illegal?
No. Anastrozole is not a controlled substance and does not have a potential for addiction and abuse. It is not an illegal drug.
2. Is anastrozole better than tamoxifen?
Anastrozole and tamoxifen are two different drugs with similar uses but different mechanism of action and so cannot be compared.
3. Is anastrozole same as Arimidex?
Yes. Arimidex is a trade name for active drug anastrozole.
4. Can I take anastrozole/arimidex with proviron/ glucosamine/ melatonin/ aspirin/ turmeric/ ibuprofen?
Anastrozole (trade name: arimidex) has no known serious interaction with mesterolone (trade name: proviron), glucosamine, melatonin, aspirin, turmeric or ibuprofen. Please inform your doctor about all the medication you are currently taking to avoid interactions that may reduce effectiveness of any treatment or aggravate side effects.
5. Does anastrozole cause weight gain/hair loss/high blood pressure/arthritis/raise cholesterol/ joint pain?
Yes. Increase in body weight, hair loss, high blood pressure, inflammation of joints (arthritis), raised blood levels of cholesterol and joint pain are among the possible side effects of anastrozole.
6. Does anastrozole increase testosterone?
No. Anastrozole has no known effect in raising testosterone levels.
7. Does anastrozole help gyno?
Anastrozole has no known effect on breast enlargement in men. ‘Gyno’ is a slang word used commonly among body builders for gynecomastia (enlargement of breasts in men).