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letrozole (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using letrozole (Femara)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to letrozole, or if you have not gone completely through menopause.

To make sure you can safely take letrozole, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • osteoporosis;
  • high cholesterol; or
  • liver disease (especially cirrhosis).

FDA pregnancy category X. This medication can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use letrozole if you are pregnant, or if you have not gone completely through menopause. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether letrozole passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using letrozole.

How should I take letrozole (Femara)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Letrozole is usually taken once per day, or once every other day. Follow your doctor's instructions.

You may take letrozole with or without food.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Your bone mineral density may also need to be checked. Visit your doctor regularly.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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