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Re: Letrozole ageing skin

have just stopped taken Lexrozole after 3years because it made me so unwell, however more to your point when chatting to my consultant he remarked on my beautiful skin and said Letrozole can be very ageing for the skiin keep slapping on the cream. BIH HUGS TO ALL THE BRAVE LADIES

 

 

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I am going through it, plus thinning hair on top of my head - and I am alarmed!
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Hi Suziex, I have definitely noticed my skin ageing rapidly over the past 6 months or so, though I've been on Letrozole for 4 years. I'm 68 so I know I have to expect ageingskin, but I've always had good skin and have always maintained a good skin care regime. Have tried so many creams, drinking more water etc. but nothing is helping. I believe the s/e's of Letrozole are cumulative and I know I'm not feeling as good as I did 2 or 3 years ago, mentally or physically, despite getting a bit more exercise and always eating pretty healthily. My tests are fine, I just feel less like 'me' ...and these wrinkles aren't helping :/. My onc helpfully asked what made me think my problems are caused by Letrozole, and if I'd seen a psychiatrist because of my anxiety! I'm sure many of you can relate to feeling as if you're being dismissed. Anyone else going through this?
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I have only been on Letrozole for 3 months and I've noticed my skin is dryer with new wrinkles. I'm 58.
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Re: Letrozole ageing skin

I"m responding in relatiion in to the Aspirin  as noticed a reference to my being considered for the trial ( post chemo ) in one of the letter!s sent to my GP. So very interested to read this. Thanks everyone.

 

I've only had time to skim through the links but I certainly wouldn't have described nyself as being toverweight! In fact, most of the weight gain which would still only render me marginally overweight was when I was on Letrozole, interestingly enough and because it was during the winter months!  At 5' 6" and  a size 12-`14, the latter because I'm a 34F so require that size in tops, dresses etc For nearly all my life I have been very slim! Now, of course I find I'm so tired with the chemo, I'm unable to walk etc as briskly as I did before, at least in the first few weeks after each session!

 

 

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Just wondered why you could not go on the trial is there a certain criteria you have to meet x
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Hi Suzie

Yes my oncologist discussed it with me and gave me some info. It's called Add-Aspirin and you can find info about it on this site

http://www.addaspirintrial.org

I was not eligible to join the trial in the end but my Onco was happy for me to take low-dose aspirin daily anyway (in addition to Tamoxifen). It looks pretty clear that it does have a preventive/slowing effect on some cancers, including BC, but the trial will prove that for sure and also confirm the lowest effective dose to get the benefit.

Obviously there are some risks with aspirin too so best to talk to your doc if you're thinking of taking it.

Apparently they've known about this positive side effect of aspirin for some time but had difficulty getting funding for the trial because there's no money in it for Big Pharma (no new drug to licence!). Thank goodness for the NHS and Cancer Research!
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Re: Letrozole ageing skin

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I take the Sandon brand and find this the best one for me. On a totally different subject has any heard of the asprin trial to help stop reacurrrance of early breast cancer?
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Hi Ladies, Have been on 2.5 mg since February. No side effects to speak of! As far as I can make out they are from TEVA UK and are supplied direct via the pharmacy at my surgery. Hot flushes, yes, but not too bad and would have expected that, as I also came of HRT. No joint pains, some skin is ageing, but again, expected as it is an oestrogen killer, which is required for building collagen to keep skin plumb.
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Re: Letrozole ageing skin

Hello everyone, I have been following the posts but nothing new to add. I have been taking Letrozole since 13 January.  Initially hospital dispensed Femera, subsequent script was from GP and Cipla dispensed.  Had no idea there were different brands until I read it on this Forum.  SEs on Femera were slight but on Cipla they got worse and worse so decided to do a bit of research as follows.  Cross referenced all ingredients of six brands against Femera and only Cipla and Sunpharma had a different ingredient (not the same one).  Cipla has tartrazine and Sunpharma has Methylcellulose.  I then looked at all the ingredients in all the brands and only these two flagged up side effects, lists as long as your arm.  The three I identified as closest to Femera are Sandoz, Zentiva and Actavis (this last one as a different coating ingredient but no side effects flagged).  Last script was taken to a High Street pharamcy who ordered Actavis.  Since taking this, eight days in, and side effects have gone back to Femera days.  Hope this helps and that my research is accurate.

Happy days around the corner !!!!

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Hi ladies I have been taking letrozole for just over a year now the joint pain is not decreasing especially in upper arms I am seriously wondering now if it may be the cipla brand I'm taking I don't want to stop taking it but some days I feel about 90 and it gets you down after a while any thoughts would be greatly appreciated thanks Judi 

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My skin also seems "thinner" and more wrinkles forming, but I had to stop my HRT and start Letrozole at the same time 6 months ago so maybe this is just one of the symptoms.  I am 59.   I am slapping on lots of Ulay as well.

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Thanks for your reply I have just bought some of the new Body Shop oils soil will give it ago xxxx
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I have tried loads of creams and serums and now I tend to stick to Olay total effects 7in one moisturiser and mature therapy. I find Boots own brand serum for older skins good too and not too expensive.  I also use Body Shop Oils of Life lotion and sometimes buy the cream too although it is more expensive than Olay or Boots own.  There was a programme  a few years back with a dermatologist from St Mary's Paddington Hospital and she tested top of the range creams and the cheapest and concluded that the only benefit you get from really expensive creams (Dior etc) is that they have a nicer smell and texture.   As you say, just being here and enjoying life is the main thing.  Who cares about a few wrinkles! 

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Thank you for all your comments it does make me feel a little better that I'm not on my own I suppose we will have to keep slapping on the creams and be happy that we are all still here and be very great full for our lives. It would be good if anyone can recommend which creams they think work xxxx
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Hi, thankfully not been given that advice -yet? Burt perhaps depends on the final diagnosis. At the mo looks like a Stage 1 Grade 2 lobular invasive. Fingers crossed!
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I thought the same, but hear it is better re side effects than Tamoxifen. Mind you I am past menopause, but thought go br 45 rather than the 57 I am. At a guess I will now catch up a bit with my real age, lol.
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Yes, I feel it has aged me. I thought letrozole is given only to post menapausal women

 

 

 

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Hello Sue

 

Yes, I agree that the whole idea of Letrozole is to reduce the oestrogen, and have been advised not to use any creams/deodorants/lotions with perfume or other additives as they all have a drying effect. I have found the best (and cheapest) moisturiser to be E45, either lotion or cream, which was recommended by my breastcare nurse. It also helped to soften the scarring after surgery. Premature ageing isn't a very nice prospect but I consider it a small price to pay for still being here (so far) 2 years post-surgery, and today the sun is shining at last!