Nov 24, 2013 - 4:06 pm
I'm just wondering today . . . . I switched FROM Armidex TO Tamoxifen a year ago in an attempt to see if the Arimidex had anything to do with my lack of hair. It didn't. At the time of the switch, my oncologist said Tamoxifen was good for my bones because like the uterus (which I don't have) Tamoxifen acts like estrogen on your bones. Arimidex contributes to osteoporosis (which I have developed). what are your thoughts about postmenopausal women at risk for osteoporosis using Tamoxifen instead of Arimidex? I know Tamoxifen carries the risk of stroke and blood clots but Arimidex has side effects of hypertension and heart disease, so WTH?
For some reason I have this "thing" about breaking a bone and for some reason I have another "thing" about not wanting to take a bisphosphonate. I'm 66 and fractures are no small matter in folks as they age. My aunt recently died from complications of a broken arm! Of course, she was quite elderly (91), but her body directed all of its energy to healing that trauma and could not keep up the rest of its job. She has in good health (for 91) otherwise.
I found this article online that explains the differences and benefits of each pretty well. What are your thoughts? http://oregon.providence.org/patients/programs/providence-breast-centers/Pages/askanexpertlanding.aspx?TemplateName=Ask+an+Expert:+Tamoxifen+vs.+Arimidex?&TemplateType=AskAnExpert