Femara, also known as Letrozole, is a drug intended for the treatment of cancer in post-menopausal women. This drug acts by affecting the process of estrogen release in the body. Thus, the cancer cells don’t get the amount of estrogen necessary for their growing, which impedes the development of cancer. Femara must not be used by women who still have their periods, or those who have allergy to the main active component of the drug. Otherwise, it may cause serious health complications.
Consult your physician before starting the treatment
Before starting the treatment, you should talk to your doctor about your requirements and specific health issues. Inform your physician about any diseases, which that interfere with the use of Femara, including liver diseases, increased cholesterol, current hormone replacement therapy, allergy to certain drugs. Tell the doctor if you’re taking the herbal supplements or any drugs before starting the treatment with Femara.
Femara should be be taken on a regularly basis. You should take this drug once a day, irrespective of the mealtime, but always with a glass of water. Don’t drink alcohol during the treatment. Ask your doctor for a special diet you to increase the effect of your treatment.
Femara may harm the fetus when taken by a pregnant woman during pregnancy. If you get pregnant in during the treatment, inform your doctor at once. It is advised to use an efficient form of contraception during the whole treatment, even despite the fact that Femara is generally prescribed to the post-menopausal women.
Your doctor ask you to do some laboratory tests throughout the treatment, like cholesterol level test or bone density test. Never skip these appointments. If you note that this drug is not suitable for you, talk to your physician, but never change the dosage on your own. Avoid sharing the drug with other people, even if they have the same symptoms, as every patient may have certain contraindications, which can make the treatment dangerous for them.
Skipping the dose
If you skipped the drug dose, you should take it as soon as possible. But if it’s already time for the next dose, skip it and continue following your dosing schedule. Avoid taking the double dose, as it’s not beneficial for your treatment. Try not to skip the doses, as it may reduce the effect of your treatment.
The signs of overdose are yet unknown and can vary from person to person. In case of overdose, or if you note any unusual symptoms, you should call the emergency as soon as possible.