I've been on Anastrozole since February and so far so good re side effects - i.e. there aren't any, apart from an episode of vaginal dryness which ReplenseMD sorted out, and may have been due to my age anyway rather than the Anastrozole. I've always taken my tablet just before bed, on the basis that the previous day's one would have worn off by then and I'd be asleep before any side effects started with the current day's, and so far it has worked for me. If you are having trouble sleeping it might seem counter-intuitive to take the tablet at bed time, but somehow it helps.
Some ladies invest in a Ladycare Magnet for flushes and other menopausal symptoms so it might be worth looking at getting one of those? I bought one at the start of the Anastrozole ready to stick it in my knickers at the first sign of a flush, but so far it is still in its packet, but will use if required. I had a natural menopause about 11 years ago or therabouts, with only a few flushes at that time, so I don't think there was much oestrogen in my body anyway so the tablet not such a shock to the system.I too anticipate than at the end of my 5 years on it they will have increased the time to 10 years, which is OK by me - if it delays or prevents a recurrance then I'm all for it. X
Hi Warrior84. I've been on anastrazole for about 15 months. I too was on zoladex injections until February this year - then I had ovaries and tubes out and so no longer need zoladex. I have quite a lot of hot flushes and am quite stiff in my joints (although they actually seem a bit better now). I'll probably be on anastrazole for 10 years. Overall not feeling too bad on it - sleep was not good for a while but is fine now. I take my anastrazole in the morning. I had a bone density scan which showed I have osteopenia (which isn't as bad as osteoporosis) but isn't great as anastrazole weakens your bones so I now also take a calcium and vitamin d supplement. Debbie x