Brands of Letrozole

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I have breast cancer and after 6 rounds of chemotherapy, mastectomy and tomorrow I have my last of 15 lots of radiotherapy.

I have been prescribed the above tablets and to my horror I have been told I have to take the letrozole for 5 - 10 years.

I know Letrozole is supposed to increase the chance of a recurrence of the cancer not occurring however the side effects of the letrozole for me are awful (nausea and sometimes actual vomiting, horrible hot flashes and sweats and strange night time weird skin crawling / itchiness although no skin rash).

The brand I have been prescribed for letrozole seems to be something called "Accord" but I am not 100% sure of that.  I have seen other people mention Femera or something like that.

Is there any truth in the idea that different brands of letrozole have slightly different make up (coating etc) so I could ask my oncologist if I could try another brand (when I next speak to them - at the moment oncologists at my hospital are working on a much reduced rota it appears) to see whether the side effects are less with a different brand?

Man thanks in advance for any thoughts

  • Hi and a very warm welcome to the online community

    I don't have any experience with taking Letrozole to share with you but I thought I'd suggest that you also post this question in the breast cancer group, which I can see you're a member of. You'll find lots of ladies taking the drug in that group who I'm sure will be happy to share their experiences with you. If you'd like to do that then clicking on the link I've created will take you straight there.

    When you have a minute it, it would be really useful if you could pop something about your journey so far into your profile as it really helps others when answering or looking for someone with a similar diagnosis. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Edit Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.


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