Jun 24, 2013 - 10:58 pm
Hi, group! I am BRCA 1, Stage I in 2008, had bilteral mastectomies (1 preventive because of the BRCA). I took Femara for 5 years and recently discussed with my onc if I should continue taking it. I want to continue taking something to keep my body estrogen free, and my onc agreed; however he suggested I switch to Aromasin or possibly even Tamoxifen if I continue taking something because I have side effects with depression and hair loss. My hair thinned on Femara and I am on Lexapro, which mostly, but not completely, controlled my depression which I am convinced is from the lack of estrogen since I never had this problem before Femara.
so my question to you is: what experience do you have with the side effects of taking Aromasin and Tamoxifen compared to Femara? I am afraid of Aromasin even though this was the one suggested by my doctor because I've read it can cause hair loss. At the same time, I feel like after 5 years, I would like to try another drug besides Femara because I am hoping there would be less depression.
Thanks in advance for your advice!