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Question from Snyder: My wife had a cancerous tumor removed from her breast and has gone through 44 days of radiation. The doctor will put her on Arimidex next week. I read the reactions people get from it and do not like it. My wife will not even take aspirin unless she really has to. Do you think this is really necessary?
Answers - Lynn Hartmann Actually, Arimidex is quite well tolerated by most women. The most common side effects experienced are hot flashes and sometimes, joint achiness. However, an important side effect is that it can lower bone density, and thus for most women we check a baseline bone density before starting the Arimidex. For women with low bone density, tamoxifen may be a better choice.

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