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Side effects of Aromasin

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Corrina
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Re: Side effects of Aromasin

Thankyou Carolyn xx

 

Carolyn52
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Hello corinna

I'm on letrozole but a few ladies I know on secondaries threads say exmestance is easier on the joints but harder on the tummy ..hopefully it will settle a bit for you soon as it is a good treatment.
Hugs xx
Corrina
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Sorry your having such a hard time hoping things improve for you soon. I have just started to take Exemestane and Im getting very loose stool to the point I sometime cant control my bowel. I havnt had any accidents while Ive been out but has happend in the house and I understandably get very upset about this and worry that it culd happen when Im at work or out socially . Ive only been on the Exemestane for 9 nights. Im hoping this problem will pass. but not sure if its the tablets or not causing the problem .
mb333
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Feeling rubbish.
I went to see the Colorectal (think that is how you spell it) consultant on Wednesday. He didn't examine me and made me feel as if I was wasting his time. Spent most of the appointment typing on his lap top.He said that loose bowel motions every morning are nothing. Does he have any idea how rough I feel afterwards. I have lost half a stone recently and wonder if my bowel problems mean that I am not absorbing food properly. That coupled with anaemia score of 10 makes me feels weak and depressed.
The only good thing is that I can have a virtual colonoscopy CT scan, which I hope will happen soon.
I am concerned that I feel so poorly at this early stage. I probably have to face my first chemo soon, as the hormone meds are not working Husband out at work all day so lots of time to dwell on things.
Need a hug
Margaret

mb333
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Well, I made it to Cyprus with my family and had a good time despite not really feeling at my best. Lack of appetite still a big problem. I saw my oncologist and told her I had stopped Aromasin for the duration of my holiday but had not really improved. She now wants me to stop altogether as my markers are rising again. I really need to have a colonoscopy (thanks for the words of encouragement about this Anthi ) When we get the results we can see what, if anything, is the problem. She told me not to worry about coming off the hormones as in the short term it will not make much difference.
On the plus side all the joint pain in my knee, hip and ribs has stopped while I am without meds. I have had a six week break from Zometa as well.
I am making a real effort to eat again and get my strength up for the next round of this fight ( possibly chemo).
Thanks again for all your good wishes XX

Anthi
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Margaret
I hope you managed to get away on holiday and are enjoying yourself.
I'm writing to say - don't worry about the colonoscopy - I've had three and it really is OK.
Hope you feel better soon. Best wishes - Anthi x

broomsticklady
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My oncologist said most people tolerate Aromasin quite well, but for the few who don't it can be quite hard. I'm fairing much better on tamoxifen - you just have to do what you think is right for you and maybe not just accept what you're going through but be a bit more assertive that something must be done for you.

Nina

Ramsfan55
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I do hope you get on that plane and enjoy your famil holiday. Sorry you feel so rubbish x

mb333
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Hi

I have been so poorly, complete loss off appetite, and lethargy, that I missed my flight to Cyprus with the family on Friday. I have rebooked for tomorrow ( what is £700 in my situation) and am cautiously optomistic. I wonder if the Lanzopranol given to counteract mt acid indigestion has just made things worse. Sometime when your GP knows your diagnosis I think they try to throw the book at you in an effort to help. Aches and pains I can live with for a week but not my poor appetite. I have tried Naproxene but never found it very effective. It is a game of trying one medicine against another, but it all takes such a long time. I am going to try my very best to catch that plane in the morning in the hopes that some distraction will help.I see my oncologist in 10 days so maybe I will have a better idea what is going on then.
Take care
Margaret X

Ramsfan55
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Hi Margaret, I am sorry you are feeling so bad on aromasin. I too am on this drug and although I don't suffer all of your symptoms I do get lots of aches and pains, stiffness and low energy. A bit like Broomsticklady the symptoms seem to have got worse. Maybe you really need to push for a change as there are other drugs they can use.

The zometa seems to help but I have had a break since march as I had to have root canal treatment and my aches and pains seem to have got worse, so can't wait to have zometa again. Do anti-inflamatories help? Such as naproxen?

Hope you get sorted x

Suzanne x

mb333
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Here I go again. Due to go on holiday tomorrow and feel so bad. Absolutely no appetite, even looking at food on the TV makes me turn away.I have not eaten a full meal in weeks.I can just about manage potatoes, bananas and plain biscuits. I think I read somwhere that apples are good. Feel nauseus all the time and still have diarrhoea many times a day. My GP finally said she thinks these are all side effects of Aromasin. She has give me 15mg Codeine to take 4 times a day to calm my bowels and told me to go enjoy my holiday!!!!! She is also booking me in for a colonoscopy which I am terrified about.
It is a special family holiday and I don't want to spend it feeling so unwell. I am having my second session of hypnotherapy late to calm my anxiety -hope it works.
Again I am stopping the Aromasin until I return from holiday. As the GP said it is all about quality of life, but I want to control the cancer and feel well. Is there any hope for me?
Margaret

mb333
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I managed quite well on holiday only used immodium twice. For the last 10 days I have had a pain under my ribs spreading round to my back which is quite debilitating.I also have quite a bit of wind. The GP prescribed Lansoprazole to calm my stomach acid. I think one of my meds has really affected my stomach lining.Is it my blood pressure tablets or the Aromasin causing my problem ? As I must take my hormone I have stopped my blood pressure tablets again. Even paracetamol don't give me any relief from the pain. This is such a nuisance I expect I will have to endure I camera into my stomach to sort this out.
I am drinking milk, water or peppermint tea and avoiding spicy foods.
Margaret

hope123
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Broomstick lady/Nina

Thanks for your comments and bumping the thread although it appears we have now come full circle and mum is using these forums herself now as she is Margaret!!

She came back from holiday today and had a great time. All the results came back normal from GP so no definitive answer on what caused her tummy problems. Starting the aromasin again tonight so fingers crossed it was just a virus which has now gone away, we don't want to be shutting the door on a treatment if possible!

Michelle

Anthi
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Hello Lolly

Yes I sometimes have dizziness from Aromasin. It used to worry me until I looked it up and found that dizziness is on the list of possible 'common' side effects.

Take care
Anthi x

lolly73
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does anyone suffer dizziness from this drug?

broomsticklady
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Bumped for Michelle / Hope123 who posted in bone mets thread on exactly same problems for her mum! We are not alone Margaret!!

Nina

mb333
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I have made the decision to stop the Aromasin while I am away. I don't have aches & pains but I feel a shadow of myself. It seems to ebb and flow as last night I felt fine, this morning felt weak again and had tummy trouble. Why does the oncologist not seem to want to admit that my meds may be causing a problem? They seem to be so defensive!I was fine on Arimadex then my markers started to climb.
If this is a sign of what is to come!!!!
This trip to Austria was the second part of my modest bucket list. The first part was to go to Disneyland Paris with my grandchildren (age 5 & 3)We went in December and had a wonderful, if very cold, 3 days.Your holiday sounds as if it was worth the effort.
Thank you for coming back to me it is nice to have someone to talk to.
I will report back in a weeks time.
Margaret

broomsticklady
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You'll have gathered I had bad aromasin problems - the pain started me onto morphine as the tramadol wasn't doing it and had 'digestive' side effects at full dose, and I was having to use a wheel chair as my mobilty suffered too. We had a special holiday planned for Xmas / New Year 2011 /2012 - a cruise round Vietnam / Thailnad and Hong Kong basically - special because we'd booked it originally before my original diagnosis for Xmas New Year 09/10 but were warned to cancel it due to chemo effects - and it's a good job we did - I got septicemia, nearly didn't make it thru that and was in no way fit enuf for anything at its original schedule, altho without the septicemia I might have been. This Xmas just gone was its first reschedule with the same ship, so we booked it way in advance, splashed out on cabin choice and club class flights - we were going to enjoy it.

And we did - but only cos we made ourselves do so. I couldn't make most of shore trips I wanted to due to pain, despite upping oxycontin from 35mg twice daily to 45 mg twice, and scrouging a wheelchair to get me ashore when I did go. It was tough but we enjoyed being spoilt and our time together, but to work out when the onc took me off aromasin that it had been the cause of my problems makes me quite bitter - I was taking what caused me so much misery.

If I could do it again stopping Aromasin before I went? I'd do it! Stopping for a week won't make it any better or worse in terms of long term survival - it takes over a week to get out of your system so don't expect miracles, just a gradual improvement - but it might be sufficient indication to let you and the onc know if it is the aromasin that's doing you in - it certainly was with me, and I think the fact they put me on tamoxifen rather than letrazole having had arimidex fail on me was because they thought I'd not tolerate letraxole - I think there's almost a scale of tolerated AIs starting with Arimidex, then Aromasin then letrazole. Fail one badly and the next is posibly going to be worse - thats just my guess work from what I've read and the impression I got.

Hope this helps

Nina

mb333
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No results back from the lab yet, still feeling nauseous,and have no appetite. Not looking forward to my coach trip to Austria on Monday, not sure how I am going to get through it. Consultant said it would not hurt to stop taking my Aromasin for a week (if that is what is causing my problem). I am so scared to do that as I feel I am letting the cancer back in.
I think a bit of depression is creeping in as I am not going out.
Does anyone have any ideas?
A very fed up Margaret

mb333
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My consultant does not believe any of my symptoms are caused by the Aromasin. I now have to take a stool sample to my GP but test results will not be back before my holiday. I just hope it works its way out of my system in the next few days.
I just want to feel normal again.
Margaret

mb333
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Thank you for your response.
Luckily I have my regular appointment with my Consultant tomorrow. I feel so shaky today and I am wondering if my blood test will reveal anything. If this is side effects from medication I will have to change,I couldn't possibly go on holiday on Monday feeling the way I do. Normally I am able to dash about but at the moment just want to curl up in bed.
My mets are in the bone in my upper leg,shoulder and spine. A single dose of radiotherapy stopped the pain in my spine immediately.

Margaret

broomsticklady
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My sincere sympathy - I changed to Aromasin from Arimidex on sec dx last September. I gradually felt worse and worse, really bad aches, stiffness, appetite, taste buds, energy - but put it down to the secondaries! It was only when I saw onc in January they suggested it may be Aromasin. Change was easy for me tho cos my spinal mets had gone walk about to my hips, so now on tamoxiden and feeling a lot better!!

No solution - just to let you know you're not alone!

Nina

mb333
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Side effects of Aromasin

Because my markers were creeping up after using Armidex my consultant changed my medication to Aromasin.I have not felt well for the whole 3 weeks that I have been on this drug. I have suffered a loss of appetite, feel depressed, shaky and have diarrhoea. So far I have mostly been able to stay positive about my condition but this is bringing me down.
I am supposed to be going to Austria next week but I am worried about being away from home.
Does anyone have any ideas?