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I've been on Femara for the last two months and have been experiencing severe dizziness. Not sure if it is from the Femara as I started taking other meds at the same time. If anyone has the same problem please let me know and also if this will ease up after a while on Femara. Thanks for your responses, and have a nice day,

Good morning! I take Femara...no dizziness...thank heavens. It makes me so sleepy and sometimes, when I do too much, my bones ache. I started with Arimidex, but it made me crazy....I was a nervous wreck. Being dizzy is no fun at all,,,I have been there. Call your dr. I have found that all mine are wonderful.
Hi CJAMMOM and Jiezz,

I also was on Arimidex but the leg pains in the evening woke me up so had to switch to Femera, legs pain are now tolerable.

About your sleepeness Jiezz did you try taking Femara at night. For me it's the opposite it has given me problem sleeping.

Maybe my dizziness could come from hernias I have on some discs in the neck. After chemo I did not have them anymore. But at the same time I started Femara my neck pains started along with dizziness. Just a coincidence I guess,
thanks and nice reading your posts,

hello cjammom,

Well they where not cramps ( tamoxifen gives them), they happened late at night like 3 or 4 am, maybe because the tylenol I took before going to bed was weening off, they felt like strong stabbing in the lower part of the legs, from the knees to the anckles. They woke me up and I couldn't go back to sleep. Femara seems to do the same thing but not as strongly, very mild in comparison, hope you resolve your problem,

Well cjmmom for me one month and 1/2 or Arimidex was all I could take on account of those leg pains. Can I ask you why you stopped Aromasin?

With Femara, now on my 7th week, leg pains are tolerable, just noticable, nothing like Arimidex, hope that does not change. Maybe you could switch to Femara and see if like me they go away. Have a nice day,

Guess what? I stopped aromasin because of.....leg pains!!
I have been on arimidex for about 2months and the last three days...my legs are really hurting me again, especially in the evening..Can I ask you, what time of the day you take your femara? I was taking the aromasin in the evening but then the insomnia was really bad, so when I switched I have been taking arimidex in the morning, I was doing ok with that until the leg pains started again..thinking now I should go back to the evenings..
I just dont know what to do anymore..I really think that I will just have to learn to live with it..do you exercise? I go to the gym 6days a week, I think if I didnt I would feel as though I was 100 yrs old!!
hope you have a good night!
Hello again cjammom

I tried taking Arimidex at night and in the morning, nothing changed, I was hoping maybe if I cannot deal with the dizzyness from Femara (yes it's still there) I would try Aromasin, now I'm scared that one will also give me leg pains. This is so hard, I envy the ones that don't have to deal with all these secondary effects.

Wish you well and that the leg pains won't be too strong so you can continue your treatment

Sorry just realized you where asking at what time I was taking the Femara, I was taking it in the morning but since a few days switched and am taking it at night. Did not change a thing either.....

Hi Elga, seems we have alot in common with these side effects. My sister in law has taken femara now for 7yrs and no problems at all!! I cant understand, why they seem to bother me so much..For me the aromasins side effects were worse,so far anyway, than arimidex. From what I understand aromasin is the only one that acts steroidal..look it up, I think that may be why my body couldnt tolerate it. I wont even bother to try the femara..I think I would probably have the same results..I believe that the pain is accumulative..for me seems to get worse the longer I am on it..at first I thought that the arimidex would be side effect free for me...until after a few weeks, then I noticed slowly the pains starting to come back.
I have forgotten if I asked you this already but, do you exercise at all? I think that because I do, it is the only reason that I can still function at all..as it is now if I sit too long I get so stiff...somedays I feel like I am a very old lady!!
I too am very envious of those who dont have to deal with this pain...my legs, my feet, somewhat low back, and terrible pain in the wrists..very stiff fingers..thats me!!
hope to hear more from you...comparing notes!!
I love Canada!! went there many times as a child,
gentle hugs to you,
Hello again,

Unfortunatly yes we are on the same boat, I am also afraid of Aromasin because of the steroial effect, I cannot tolerate meds very well, so I'll stick it out with Femara. My experience was worst with Arimidex, the sore legs unbarable, I'll be switching my antidepressant at the end of the month because it might not help me it could be the reason for my dizyness.

Hope we can both find a solution, have you thought about going to a pain clinic, I will be soon they could find a med that could help you with the side effects, from reading posts on another board many have found a solution this way.

Yes I try to walk 3 times a week, should do more but lack of energy, have a nice day, and by the way I love New York to, sounds like the well know phrase, lol, good luck to you