Letrozole-Femara – The Third Generation Aromatase Inhibitor
The chemical name, ‘Letrozole’ is given to Novartis discriminating third generation Aromatase Inhibitor (AI). It was originated to fight breast cancer by suppressing the aromatization. Normally, it is used as a hormonal therapy for treating the breast cancer in women who have had their menopause. Originally, Letrozole was sold under the trade name ‘Femara’, and it was patented on July 25, 1997.
At present, Letrozole-Femara is possibly the most effective product on the market for this purpose. In structure and action, Letrozole-Femara is similar to its predecessor ‘Arimidex.’ It blocks up the hormone estrogen fabrication. Some types of breast cancer need estrogen, and it stops tumor growth by diminishing estrogen intensity. Generic letrozole pills are not yet available. In the world of muscle building, Letrozole-Femara is used to lessen or eradicate excess estrogen caused by making the use of aromatizing steroids.
Letrozole-Femara reduces estrogen levels by 98% while elating testosterone levels. This rising percentage allows athletes to make use of Letrozole-Femara during or after a steroid cycle to destroy the gynecomastia related breast tissue. In addition, it is also very helpful in holding up the fusing of hand bones in youngsters.
Some of the common side effects linked with Letrozole-Femara include drowsiness, tiredness, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, vexation, giddiness. The other side effects are pain in chest, breathing problems, stomach pain, hot flushes, rashes, itchiness, swelling, redness, weakness, pain in legs or arms, vision problems, unusual vaginal bleeding. If these effects continue or get worse, it is important to discuss the situation with the physician without any delay. It also has the capability to affect the body’s hormonal balance.
Take Letrozole-Femara orally once a day with or without food or as directed by the physician. Follow all the directions given on the prescription label. Take the medication with a glass of water. Don’t take Letrozole-Femara more often than prescribed. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remember it. The drugs, which may interact with Letrozole-Femara are androstenedione, any medicine containing estrogens (herbal products and some birth control pills), and DHEA.
Before taking Letrozole-Femara, it is better to discuss the past medical history with your doctor, especially of liver problems, allergies (especially drug allergies). Don’t take alcohol because it may increase the side effects of this drug. It is not recommended during pregnancy.