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What could cause Hair loss for a 56-year old woman who takes Femara?





Summary: 1,656 female patients aged 56 (±5) who take the same drug are studied.

This is a personalized study for a 56 year old female patient who has Cancer - Breast. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What is the drug

Femara has active ingredients of letrozole. It is often used in breast cancer. (latest outcomes from Femara 8,677 users)

What is the condition

Cancer - breast can be treated by Arimidex, Tamoxifen Citrate, Femara, Aromasin, Letrozole, Herceptin. (latest reports from Cancer - Breast 75,464 patients)

What is the symptom

Hair loss has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression.(latest reports from Hair loss 42,602 patients)

On Dec, 22, 2014: 1,656 females aged 51 (±5) who take Femara are studied

Femara outcomes

Information of the patient in this study:

Age: 51

Gender: female

Conditions: Cancer - Breast

Drugs taking:
- Femara (letrozole): used for 6 - 12 months

eHealthMe real world results:

Comparison with this patient's adverse outcomes:

Side effectNumber of reports on eHealthMe
Hair Loss58 (4.05% of females aged 51 (±5) who take the drug)

(as an adverse outcome could be a symptom of a condition, additional studies are listed to help identify the cause: for example, regardless of which drug is taken, how many female HBP patients aged 50 (±5) have nausea)

Symptom (click a symptom for in-depth analysis)Number of reports on eHealthMe
Hair Loss in Cancer - Breast175 (1.97% of females aged 51 (±5) who have Cancer - breast)

(as an adverse outcome could be a side effect of a drug, additional studies are listed to help identify the cause: for example, how many female Aspirin users aged 50 (±5) have nausea)

Side effect (click a side effect for in-depth analysis)Number of reports on eHealthMe
Hair Loss in Femara58 (4.05% of females aged 51 (±5) who take Femara)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Femara is effective0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
28.57%
(2 of 7 people)
66.67%
(6 of 9 people)
100.00%
(6 of 6 people)
78.57%
(11 of 14 people)
66.67%
(4 of 6 people)
100.00%
(1 of 1 people)
0.00%
(0 of 1 people)

Most common side effects over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Liver Disorder (liver diseases)Arthralgia (joint pain)Pleural Effusion (water on the lungs)Impaired HealingSwellingPainn/aPain
Jaundice (a yellowish pigmentation of the skin, the conjunctival membranes)PainOsteomyelitis (infection of bone)Gastritis (inflammation of stomach)Bone DisorderImpaired HealingAnxiety
Arthralgia (joint pain)Pyrexia (fever)Impaired HealingInsomnia (sleeplessness)Bone Lesion (bone with abnormalities. bone lesions can result from growth formations, infections, or injuries)Osteomyelitis (infection of bone)Bone Disorder
Chills (felling of cold)Hypoaesthesia (reduced sense of touch or sensation)Bone DisorderOesophagitis (inflammation of oesophagus)Erythema (redness of the skin)Decreased InterestOsteonecrosis Of Jaw (death of bone of jaw)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Oral Cavity Fistula (an abnormal opening in mouth)DepressionNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Osteomyelitis (infection of bone)General Physical Health Deterioration (weak health status)Arthralgia (joint pain)
DepressionToothache (tooth pain)Paraesthesia (sensation of tingling, tickling, prickling, pricking, or burning of a person's skin with no apparent long-term physical effect)Bone PainPain In JawPain In JawMetastases To Bone (cancer spreads to bone)
Rash (redness)Impaired HealingPurulent Discharge (discharge that contains pus)Weight DecreasedMetastases To Spine (cancer spreads to spine)Bone DisorderOsteonecrosis (death of bone)
Urticaria (rash of round, red welts on the skin that itch intensely)Tooth LossBone PainOral Disorder (mouth disease)PainOsteonecrosis Of Jaw (death of bone of jaw)Back Pain
Pyrexia (fever)Paraesthesia (sensation of tingling, tickling, prickling, pricking, or burning of a person's skin with no apparent long-term physical effect)Weight DecreasedSalivary Hypersecretion (excess saliva secretion)Haemorrhage (bleeding)PneumoniaTooth Extraction
Condition AggravatedBone DisorderMetastases To Spine (cancer spreads to spine)Primary Sequestrum (piece of dead bone that has become separated during the process of necrosis from normal/sound bone)Pathological Fracture (broken bone caused by disease)AnxietyFatigue (feeling of tiredness)

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

How to use the study: print a copy of the study and bring it to your health teams to ensure drug risks and benefits are fully discussed and understood.

You can also:

You are not alone! Join a related mobile support group:
- support group for people who take Femara and have Hair Loss
- support group for people who have Hair Loss and Cancer - Breast
- support group for people who have Cancer - Breast
- support group for people who have Hair Loss
- support group for people who take Femara

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Comments from related studies:

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  • One episode lasting about ½ hour in duration.

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  • I experience severe post nasal drip and nasal pain at night - waking about 12:30 and 2:30 to vomit - expelling mucous not food.

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  • From this study (4 weeks ago):

  • Have never had a GFR at 51. All the rest of my tests are normal. Though Cholesterol slightly elevated.

    Reply

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