It’s understandable you’re worried about the possibility of problems with loss of bone density, as this can be one of the side effects of anastrozole.
As your bone density scan (DEXA) was normal, it may not be necessary to give calcium supplements.
However, it’s important to talk your concerns through with your hospital team, as they may wish to give you a supplement. Or sometimes a medication which promotes bone strength, known as bisphosphonates is given. Again, this isn’t always the case.
Some weight bearing exercise help to keep bones strong, and it’s good that you exercise regularly. The link also shows how to get the optimum amount of calcium from calcium rich foods and vitamin D.
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Hi. I've been taking anastrazole since March. My bone density was within normal limits when I had a scan. I'm 66 and exercise regularly. Should I be taking a calcium supplement please..and if so, how much? I'm concerned that I won't get another scan for 2 years and that I may lose bone density in that time. Many thanks.