Femara is prescribed in the treatment of breast cancer in post menopausal women who suffer from cancer that is resistant to the otherwise commonly used anti estrogen medication like tamoxifen (Nolvadex). However, your doctor may also prescribe Femara for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Femara
The ideal way to use Femara is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Femara may be taken with or without a meal to avoid stomach problems.
Preferably, Femara should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Femara without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Femara is an anti estrogen drug that restricts the production of estrogens, estradiol and estrone in the adrenal glands of the body. This in turn helps restrict the spread of certain types of cancer which are promoted by these hormones.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Femara to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Femara between 59 to 86 degrees F (15 and 30 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Femara in the bathroom.
Consult your doctor before using Femara if you have conditions like liver problems, allergies, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Femara if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Femara as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Femara as Femara may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Femara is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.