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Femara is an aromatase inhibitor, prescribed for breast cancer either alone or in combination with other medications. It kills cancer cells. 

Drug information on Femara (Letrozole) from Novartis (India) Ltd.


Novartis (India) Ltd.
Generic : Letrozole
30 Tablets
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Medical Condition(s) for which Femara may be prescribed

Side effects of Femara

  Heart: Hypertension, chest pain, coronary heart disease, paralysis, strokes, heart attack, fluid accumulation in the lungs, vein inflammation, mini stroke and blood clot in veins.

  Central Nervous System: Weakness, headache, dizziness, fatigue, sleeplessness, drowsiness, anxiety and depression.

  Skin: Hot flushes, increased sweating, night sweats, rash, hair loss and itching.

  Eye and ENT: Blurred vision.

  Gastrointestinal: Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and loss of appetite.

  Genitourinary: Breast pain, urinary tract infection, kidney disorder, vaginal bleeding and vaginal dryness.

  Liver: Increased liver enzymes level.

  Metabolic: High level of cholesterol in blood, increased weight and high calcium in blood.

  Musculoskeletal: Joint pain, bone pain, back pain, limb pain, inflammation of joints, muscle pain, fracture and inflammation due to fracture.

  Respiratory: Difficulty in breathing, cough and chest wall pain.

  Miscellaneous: Swelling of leg, infections/infestations, influenza, pain and pleural effusion.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications)

The recommended dose is 2.5mg/day, orally, administered after chemotherapy for breast cancer.

How to use Femara?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

When is Femara not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in women who have experienced with premenopause, and for children; hypersensitivity.

Warnings and Precautions for Femara

Inform your doctor about severe kidney, liver problem, bone diseases.

• It may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until knowing its effect.

• It is only for women who have experienced menopause and cannot become pregnant. Inform your doctor about your pregnancy and lactation.

Other Precautions for Femara

Monitor bone mineral density regularly.

Storage Conditions for Femara

Store at 25�C. Store it in air tight container and keep away from children.

Disclaimer : The Price of the drugs indicated above may not match the actual price at which they are sold. Prices can change depending on many factors, including GST. These are only approximate indicative prices of the drug.
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