Side effects of aromatase inhibitors?

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Question from Renee: Can you give us a list of what is typical and expected symptoms with the significant (and often immediate) decrease in estrogen as we are experiencing with the aromatase inhibitors? We know of the hot flashes/night sweats, vaginal dryness, decrease in bone density...what are other symptoms or signs from estrogen depletion so that we can manage our concerns better?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. I think the only common one you missed is the joint aches and pains, which are reported in 40-50% of women. The ones you listed are the most common, but it's so variable. Many women have no symptoms at all, and others are very troubled.
Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. You may see others, such as nausea and headaches.

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