\i have been on Letrozole since March this year, and have had no side effects beyond a few hot flushes in the first month or two. Noi joint pains or stiffness so far
I have been on Anastrozole since January 2014. I did have a spell of high blood pressure and nose bleeds around April. They settled within 2 months. Slightly achey when I stand up if I have been sat a while, Just blame it on my aging bones. This soons wears of though when walking.
On the whole I am happy to be on the medication if it keeps the cancer at bay.
Thanks to everyone for their replies since I started this thread. Have now been on Letrozole for about 6 weeks and so far just a few hot flushes but otherwise OK. phew!
I've been on Anastole for a month and haven't noticed ANY SEs.
I'm getting worried now - when do they normally start?
Hi i have been taking tamoxifen for over 5 years but due to the hot flushes etc my onc has changed me to letrozole. Taking my first one today but really worried about the SEs being worse than tam. Has anyone taken both and if so which one is lesser of two evils! Do the hotties stop on Letrozole, and anyone lost a bit of weight.
I was on Letrozole for 6 months before Chemotherapy. Looking back, I wish I had taken better care of myself when I started. I had incredibly dry skin, hair and nails, and blamed it all on the dry cold weather we were having back then (early December) but now I see it was SE's from the tablets. Careful use of hair products might not have stopped the continual shedding of hair, but the appearance of my hair might have improved!
Likewise for the joint pain. I suffer from osteoarthritis and found that carefully timed NSAID's I was already prescribed would help relieve the pain. When I came off the tablets to start chemo the pain faded away so I am quite sure now that was due to the Letrozole. However on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is having trouble even getting out of bed, I would give it a 4. The pain was bearable and relieved by exercise.
I've been on Letrozole for two years now with nothing really to complain about. My skin is drier and more wrinkly than it was. I had some stiffness in the first few months, but that's either worn off or I've got used to it. I did have some hot flushes in the first fe months (despite being post-menopausal1) but again that's gone. Really nothing I can complain about - just happy that so far I'm well and happy. I make more effort - without being fanatical - to eat healthily and to exercise. And I've been on several different 'brands' without notciing any differences.