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What are the Common Aromasin® Side Effects?

By Erin J. Hill
Updated May 17, 2024
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Many people do not experience any Aromasin® side effects at all, although they do olccur. The most likely ones are hot flashes, hair loss, nausea, fatigue, joint pain, hypertension, insomnia, and headaches. Less common side effects include pain in the extremities, sweating, vision changes, flu-like symptoms, water retention, diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite, muscle pain, and arthritis. Very rarely, a serious reaction will occur.

Aromasin® is a drug used in the treatment of breast cancer. It is generally mild and many individuals who take it experience few or no side effects. Most effects which do occur are relatively minor in severity and they often subside over time as the body adapts to the medication. Patients should always discuss any troubling side effects with their doctors because some of them can be treated with additional medication.

One of the most troubling Aromasin® side effects is hair loss. Some studies indicate that up to 15% of patients experience some form of hair loss while taking this medication. Other studies have found no such link. It is hard to pinpoint which treatment or medication causes hair loss in many patients. If this side effect does occur, there are often medications which can regrow hair or prevent further loss.

Depression and insomnia may also be experienced as Aromasin® side effects. These two conditions may feed off each other since lack of sleep can contribute to or worsen depression symptoms. Patients who become severely depression or have suicidal thoughts should report these symptoms to their doctors right away for treatment. It is hard to determine the number of patients who suffer from depression caused by Aromasin® because depression is common amongst cancer sufferers.

Those who are pregnant should be especially cautious of Aromasin® side effects. There is clear evidence that this medication can cause serious damage to an unborn child. There are generally safer drugs which can be used in its place. Women who are breastfeeding are also not advised to use Aromasin®.

If Aromasin® side effects become severe, patients may be able to use another medication. Additional treatments may also be used to alleviate side effects. Patients who are taking Aromasin® should consult with their doctors before taking any other medication or dietary supplements to prevent a serious reaction.

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