Compare Arimidex vs. docetaxel

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Treats cancer, including breast, prostate, lung, stomach, and head and neck cancer.

As with other chemotherapy, Taxotere (docetaxel) is linked with serious side effects but there has been over 2 decades of experience showing its effectiveness and safety in patients.

Upsides
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  • Taxotere (docetaxel) is a very effective medication in a variety of cancer types, shown to increase survival time and slow cancer progression.
  • Over 2 decades of experience and evidence for Taxotere (docetaxel) showing effectiveness in patients with cancer.
  • Available in generic.
Downsides
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  • Taxotere (docetaxel) can cause serious allergic reactions, swelling, liver damage, serious skin reactions, changes in vision, and in rare cases, a type of cancer (acute myeloid leukemia).
  • Some forms of Taxotere (docetaxel) contains alcohol and can cause you to feel dizzy and tired.
  • Can cause tingling/numbness/burning pain in hands and feet, bleeding/bruising, or infections.
  • Can cause nausea or vomiting.
  • Must receive Taxotere (docetaxel) by injection at a clinic or hospital.
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Used for
  • Breast cancer
  • Adjuvant
  • Postmenopausal
  • Hormone receptor-positive. Breast cancer
  • Advanced
  • Postmenopausal
  • Following tamoxifen therapy. Breast cancer
  • Locally advanced or metastatic
  • Postmenopausal
  • Hormone receptor-positive or unknown
  • First-line
  • Breast cancer
  • Neoadjuvant treatment for hormone receptor-positive
  • Operable or potentially operable
  • Locally advanced disease in postmenopausal women. Breast cancer
  • Postmenopausal women at high risk; Prophylaxis
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
Price
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Side effects
The Arimidex (Anastrozole) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
18possible side effects
  • Hair loss
    76%
  • Weakness
    62%
  • Mouth irritation
    42%
  • Nausea
    39%
  • Diarrhea
    39%
  • Severely low white blood cell count
    32%
  • Vomiting
    22%
  • Muscle pain
    19%
  • Low white blood cell count with infection/fever
    11%
  • Severely low red blood cell count
    9%
  • Joint pain
    9%
  • Low platelet cell count
    8%
  • Severe fluid retention with premedication
    7%
  • Severe infections
    6%
  • Injection site reaction
    4%
  • Severe nail changes
    3%
  • Severe fever without infection
    2%
  • Serious allergic reaction with premedication
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
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  • Deaths related to treatment
    • Liver disease
    • High Taxotere (docetaxel) doses
    • Patients with non-small cell lung cancer with a history of receiving platinum-based chemotherapy
  • Liver toxicity
    • Abnormal liver tests
  • Low white blood cell count
    • Previously low white blood cell count
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • Fluid retention
  • Nerve damage and pain
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