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Re: Lactose in hormone tablets

Hi tracyt


Thanks for posting.


We do hear from women who don’t wish to take any medication containing lactose.


It’s difficult for me to comment on the ingredients in different brands of letrozole. Your hospital oncology pharmacists may be able to assist you with your enquiry.


Pharmaceutical companies often have a phone number that patients can call for advice, the oncology pharmacists may also be able to do this on your behalf.


You could talk to your hospital team about any lactose free alternatives, such as exemestane or anastrozole. However, there may be a specific reason why they prefer to give you letrozole. EMC is a website which has contact details for different medication brands, which might be useful.


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Lactose in hormone tablets


i am a vegan so don’t want to take hormone tablets with lactose, I have been prescribed letrozole (leaflet shows milk) but my nurse has given me another couple of options, I am not sure if they also contain lactose.

i have tried looking online but it is not clear, the preferred option is exemestane or anastrazol ,

have you come across this problem before as there must be lactose intolerance ladies who need an alternative.

many thanks for any help