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anastrozole oral

Anastrozole; Letrozole/Tamoxifen

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Medical warning:

Severe. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects and are usually not taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

Tamoxifen may speed up how quickly your liver processes anastrozole and letrozole.

What might happen:

The beneficial effects of anastrozole and letrozole may decrease.

What you should do about this interaction:

Let your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking these medicines together.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

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