From Pharmacy Drug Guide
Arimidex® is the brand name for Anastrozole, an aromatase inhibitor primarily prescribed for the treatment of early-stage breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Arimidex® works by lowering the amount of the hormone estrogen in the body. It is approved for initial treatment of hormone receptor-positive or hormone receptor-unknown cancers, as well as after ineffective tamoxifen treatment of advanced breast cancer. It may follow surgery for hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer.
Arimidex® is a costly drug, and many patients look to free samples, Arimidex® coupons and health discount plans for financial assistance. Physicians sometimes dispense free samples of Arimidex®. Financial help is also offered through AstraZeneca patient assistance programs, as well as through the Arimidex® Direct home delivery program.
|Brought to market||1995|
|Administration||1 mg tablets, taken once a day by mouth|
|Manufacturer phone||1-800-236-9933, available Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET, excluding holidays|
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Arimidex® can treat breast cancer by itself or with other treatments, including radiation and surgery. The drug is used to decrease the amount of estrogen the body makes, slowing down or stopping the growth of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer cells, which require estrogen in order to grow. It is only prescribed for postmenopausal women. In pre-menopausal women, estrogen is produced in the ovaries, and this type of estrogen is not affected by the aromatase enzyme. Postmenopausal women produce another hormone that is changed into estrogen by the action of the aromatase enzyme, and it is this action that Arimidex® blocks.
Some possible side effects of Arimidex® include osteoporosis, increased cholesterol, hot flashes, joint pain, back pain, headache, nausea and vomiting, mood changes, rash, depression, high blood pressure, fractures, swelling of arms and legs, and insomnia.
How to Get Arimidex Samples
- Free Arimidex® samples may be available from physicians. If a doctor does not already have the samples on hand, the official AstraZeneca website provides health care professionals with an online request form for various pharmaceutical samples, including Arimidex.
- If your physician is unable to help, AstraZeneca can be contacted directly or through the AstraZeneca Cancer Support Network. The company may refuse an individual's request, however, so it may be necessary to talk to a physician.
- AstraZenica provides free Arimidex® to patients who don't have insurance or are on Medicare Part D and meet income requirements. Uninsured patients can learn more at 800-424-3727; Medicare Part D patients can call 800-292-6363. Applications are also available online through the AZ&Me website.
- The Arimidex® Direct program offers the drug for $40 a month, shipped directly to the patient. Insurance is not involved in the process, and there are no eligibility requirements other than a prescription for Arimidex®. The enrollment form is on the Arimidex® official website.