Arimidex for more than 5 years?

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Question from lizzy: I'm ER+ and currently taking Arimidex (since January). Is this medication prescribed for 5 years or longer? After that timeframe, is there any other hormonal treatment available?
Answers - Sandra F. Schnall, M.D. Currently, we would recommend the 5 years of Arimidex. There is a study coming out that looks at Arimidex for the 5 years followed by tamoxifen. This is a flip from the study that recently came out looking at tamoxifen first, followed by one of the aromatase inhibitors. Therefore, an option to discuss with your doctor at completion or near completion of 5 years of Arimidex may be what other hormones there are to use. Options to participate in a study may also be available.

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