Hello, just sticking in my twopennerth. Have been on anastrozole for 18 months now and started with Accord brand - no probs - then given whatever the pharmacy provided and suddenly found all sorts of aches and pains with the various brands. It is important to give each brand the 2-3 months that your BCN recommended, so would certainly suggest you see your Doc again. I was eventually able to get the Accord brand on my prescription (after a meltdown in the pharmacy when they wouldn't provide it). Boots were the only chemist able to promise it, so thought that was the end of my problems. (I could witter on for ages, you've got me going now.) Each time I've had to check it was the Accord brand, it never was, so had to wait until Accord was ordered. Just this month went to collect, only to be told Boots wouldn't provide Accord as it cost £65 and needed to be on the prescription. Dr had written it on the prescription, but not apparently where they wanted it! Boots also said that the price changes each month. ARRGGH. So the saga goes on. Boots have promised to provide it this time ...... Would suggest that you keep all the boxes and make notes on them of whatever side effects you have. Do remember though that loads of people don't have any side effects at all, it's only us whingers who moan on here!!! If you find a brand with no s/e, stick with that. Hoping you have a stress and s/e free future. xxx
I've been on anastrozole for 3 weeks and my BCN has said that different brands cause different side effects, but that I need to stick with 1 for 2-3 months to see if the side effects improve. Just picked up my new prescription and have opened the bag at Home and it's a different brand. Do I take it, or should I go back to the pharmacy to see if the can get the Teva brand they dispensed last month.