Arimidex belongs to the group enzyme inihibitors that blocks the biosynthetic processes at the target site. Arimidex containing an active ingredient anastrozole, to be very specific, is an aromatase inihibitor. The enzyme aromatase acts as a positive catalyst in the estrogen synthesis and thus the drug eventually blocks the biosynthetic pathway of estrogen production. It also contains lactose, povidone, sodium starch glycollate, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, macrogol 300 and titanium dioxide.
Why to use
Anastrozole, the basic ingredient of the drug, is a potent inhibitor of aromatase, an enzyme that is involved in the female estrogenic production. In the premenopausal females, estrogen is produced in ample amount in the ovaries whereas postmenopausal females experience a drop in the estrogenic levels. Many breast cancer cells have estrogenic receptors and thus their proliferation is stimulated estrogenic production leading to the fatal consequence. Arimidex thus inhibits the hormone production that in turn ceases the division of malignant cells.
Armidex tablet of 1 mg is advised to take daily with or without food with a glass of water. Its continued use is recommended as advised by the doctor. In early cases of breast cancer, the drug is suggested to use no longer than 5 years. In cases of missed doses, skip the earlier dose if it’s time to take the next one. Consumption of double doses is strictly restricted. Arimidex needs to be store in a cool dry place below 30 degree Celsius.
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