Damaging to miss days of Arimidex?

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Question from Hopper: I have taken Arimidex for 16 months now and have become comfortable with it; however, when life gets busy I will miss 2 or 3 days in a row. How damaging is this? Thanks for your reply.
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. I think we have tried to address your concerns that if you miss a dose or two, you don't need to worry. The critical thing is to try to take it at the same time every day. Use strategies to help you remember to take the medication: take it at the same time every day, such as after breakfast or at bedtime or when you brush your teeth. Use a pill dispenser that has the 7 days of the week filled, so you know whether you've taken it or not.
Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. I like what you said about brushing your teeth. No matter how busy we are, we always brush our teeth, so take the medication in conjunction with something you know you'll do every day.

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