What Femara is and how it works Femara contains an active substance called letrozole.
It belongs to a group of medicines called aromatase inhibitors.
It is a hormonal (or “endocrine”) treatment for breast cancer.
The growth of breast cancer is often stimulated by estrogens, which are female sex hormones.
Femara reduces the amount of estrogen by blocking an enzyme (aromatase) involved in estrogen production and can therefore block the growth of breast cancer that requires estrogen to grow.
As a result, tumor cells slow or stop growth and / or spread to other parts of the body.
What Femara is used for Femara Femara is used to treat women with breast cancer who have entered the menopausal phase, i.e. after cessation of the menstrual period.
It is used to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer.
It can be used as initial treatment before breast surgery, if immediate surgical approach is not possible, can be used as initial treatment after breast surgery or after five years of tamoxifen treatment.
Femara is also used to prevent the breast tumor from progressing to other parts of the body in patients with advanced disease.
Do not take Femara: If you are allergic to letrozole or any of the other ingredients of this medicine listed in section 6, If you still have your period, ie if you are not already menopausal, If you are pregnant, If you are breast-feeding.
If any of these conditions apply to you, do not take the medicine and tell your doctor.
Warnings and precautions Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Femara If you have severe kidney disease, If you have severe liver disease, If you have a history of osteoporosis or bone fracture.
Children and adolescents (under 18 years) Children and adolescents should not take this medicine.
Elderly people (65 years and over) People aged 65 and over can use this medicine at the same dose as adults.
How to take Femara
The usual dose is one Femara tablet once a day. Taking Femara at the same time every day will help you remember to take your tablet.
The tablet may be taken with or without food and should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water or another liquid.
Pack: 30 tabs x 2.5mg