Product Name:Anastrozole (arimidex)
CAS : 120511-73-1
Molecular formula: C17H19N5
Molecular weight: 293.37
Appearance: an off-white color crystalline powder
What is Arimidex?
Arimidex (anastrozole) lowers estrogen levels in postmenopausal
women, which may slow the growth of certain types of breast tumors
that need estrogen to grow in the body.
Arimidex is used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It
is often given to women whose cancer has progressed even after
taking tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Soltamox).
Arimidex may also be used for purposes not listed in this
How anastrozole works
Anastrozole lowers the amount of oestrogen in the body. The female
sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone stimulate many breast
cancers to grow. Lowering the level of oestrogen can stop or slow
the growth of breast cancer cells.
Anastrozole blocks a process called aromatisation which changes sex
hormones called androgens into oestrogen. This happens mainly in
the fatty tissues, muscle and the skin and needs a particular
enzyme called aromatase.
Important things to remember about the side effects of anastrozole:
Most people do not experience all of the anastrozole side effects
Anastrozole side effects are often predictable in terms of their
onset, duration, and severity.
Anastrozole side effects will improve after therapy is complete.
Anastrozole side effects may be quite manageable: There are many
options to help minimize or prevent the side effects of
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