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Acid reflux side effect of Letrozole

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JayneAD
Member

Re: Acid reflux side effect of Letrozole

I am relieved to read this thread. I am on omeprazole, which I'm not sure works, to try and combat the issues that I suspected are cononected to Letrozole. I noticed wind after about 6 months of Letrozole and it is only after tests and watching my diet that I have concluded it must be the Letrozole. I am  halfway through 5 years of letrozole and want to survive the side effects.  Currently indigestion has joined the burping and reflux and I have an appointment with someone from the oncology team next week. This can be very tiresome and I am so glad I have been working at home this last year where all wind incidents are not shared with my work colleagues.

Gain51
Member

Re: Acid reflux side effect of Letrozole

Hi Suebrit59

I too am on Letrozole  (have been since last Nov) but only recently in the last couple of months developed reflux. After speaking th my Nurse Specialist she has suggested Omeprazole which l start tomorrow. I am finding this extremely stressful and wonder if the stress is making it worse. Since my diagnosis l have completely changed my lifestyle  (and have lost 5 stones- that l needed to lose) so l don't think it was my diet that has caused this. I am writing to you now to see if you found anything else that help this condition. Thanking you in anticipation.

Gain51

Kaz_O
Member

Re: Acid reflux side effect of Letrozole

Hi  Suebrit59,

Thank you for your reply and help. I am trying the cider vinegar tablets and although they don't get rid of the reflux completely it is a much better than it was!

I too have a lot of side effects, but just keep thinking that they are better than what may happen if I stop taking Letrozole!

Thanks again for your reply 🙂

 

 

Suebrit59
Member

Re: Acid reflux side effect of Letrozole

 Hello Kaz-O I was on letrozole for nearly 3 years, prior to that Arimidex. I am now on tamoxifen and will be for the next nine months until I reach five years. In answer to your question yes inhibitors definitely cause reflux. I have struggled with it daily for the last four years. Along with multiple other unwanted side effects.  The only thing that keeps me compliant is the fear of a reoccurrence.  The thing that I find that works, although not all together completely, is a Prilosec in the morning and then a Pepcid AC after lunch. I have also cut out many food items that cause reflux such as spicy foods, anything with wheat in it, dairy and nuts. Those are my triggers. Hopefully you are finding some relief. These drugs are very hard to take even though we know they are helping us fight the breast cancer. Reach out if you need to talk. 

SaskiaE_BCN
Community Manager

Re: Acid reflux side effect of Letrozole

Hi Kaz_O

 

No problem at all - You can always share your concerns with our nurses, no matter how big or small 🙂

 

I hope the cider vinegar tablets work out well for you 🙂

 

Best wishes

Saskia x

Kaz_O
Member

Re: Acid reflux side effect of Letrozole

Thank you for your reply Saskia. It was my first post so wasn't sure where to post, and didn't want to bother the nurses for something small when I can imagine how busy they are!

I spoke to my pharmacist today who checked the listings for Letrozole and there were no contraindications so they should be ok to take them.

I had one at lunchtime and will wait to see the results!

Thanks again for your reply x

SaskiaE_BCN
Community Manager

Re: Acid reflux side effect of Letrozole

Hi Kaz_O

 

Thank you for your comment. One of our clinical nurses might be able to answer these questions about your treatment and side effects. You can post this message in the Ask Our Nurses section of the Forum where they'll be able to respond directly to it.

 

In the meantime, I'm sure our Forum community users will be along shortly to pick up the conversation 🙂

 

Sending you our very best wishes,

Saskia

Kaz_O
Member

Acid reflux side effect of Letrozole

Good morning,

When I googled Letrozole and heartburn/acid reflux I found some replies on this forum that linked the two, and what a relief it was that it's just yet another side effect, and not something more sinister. I have since found out that it is most prevalent in women 60+ who have been taking Letrozole for 2/3 years...that's me!

I saw recommendations for cider vinegar tablets, but with everything I take now I worry about whether it will affect the efficacy of Letrozole?

Have any of you had medical advice on this...and does it work? Only I am chewing chalky tablets like they are sweets at the moment!

Thank you in advance for your help.