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Frequently Asked Questions

Although your doctor is the best source for answering your specific questions about breast cancer and treatment with AROMASIN, you can find answers to common questions here.

General Information About AROMASIN

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What is AROMASIN?

AROMASIN is used in women who are past menopause for the treatment of:

  • Early breast cancer (cancer that has not spread outside the breast) in women who:
    • have cancer that needs the female hormone estrogen to grow, and
    • have had other treatments for breast cancer, and
    • have taken tamoxifen for 2 to 3 years, and
    • are switching to AROMASIN to complete 5 years in a row of hormonal therapy
  • Advanced breast cancer (cancer that has spread) after treatment with tamoxifen, and it did not work or is no longer working

It is not known if AROMASIN is safe and effective in children

How does AROMASIN work?

AROMASIN decreases the production of estrogen in postmenopausal women, which may mean less risk of estrogen-dependent tumor growth

Hormonal therapy and breast cancer

Certain breast cancers need the female hormone estrogen to grow. These type of breast cancers are called estrogen-dependent or estrogen-receptor positive (ER+) cancers.

AROMASIN is a type of hormonal therapy called an aromatase inhibitor. This means it will interfere with the normal production of estrogen. It is also important to know that AROMASIN is not a chemotherapy and it is not a hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

AROMASIN helps lower the production of estrogen in postmenopausal women. AROMASIN can lower the amount of estrogen in postmenopausal women by up to 95%. Less estrogen may mean less risk of estrogen-dependent tumor growth.

AROMASIN is not an HRT

You may have heard about HRT for menopause. HRT helps women with the symptoms of menopause by replacing estrogen lost due to menopause. AROMASIN is not an HRT. It is a hormonal therapy that decreases the production of estrogen. These two therapies are very different. Let your doctor know about any medications or supplements you are taking, as they could affect how well AROMASIN works.

What do I need to know about the safe and effective use of AROMASIN?

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in the Patient Information. Do not use AROMASIN for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give AROMASIN to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about AROMASIN that is written for health professionals.

How to Get Brand-Name AROMASIN

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How can I ensure that I won’t get switched to a generic substitute?

Here are 3 suggested tips to help make sure you receive brand-name AROMASIN and not a generic:

  1. At your doctor’s office: Ask your doctor to prescribe brand-name AROMASIN and to indicate “DAW” (Dispense As Written)—or the language used in your state—on all of your AROMASIN prescriptions.
  2. At your pharmacy’s drop-off: Tell the pharmacist that you want brand-name AROMASIN—and be sure to use the AROMASIN Savings Card. The AROMASIN Savings Card can only be used with brand-name AROMASIN.
  3. At your pharmacy’s pick-up: Check your pills to be sure they’re brand-name AROMASIN—not the generic—and also check that you’ve saved on your prescription.

What should I do if I receive a generic substitute instead of brand-name AROMASIN?

Talk to your doctor and/or your pharmacist to let them know that you prefer brand-name AROMASIN. For tips on having that conversation, download the Savings Card Tip Sheet.

How do I know if I received brand-name AROMASIN?

Check your pills for the distinctive shape and markings of brand-name AROMASIN.

Saving on AROMASIN

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What is the AROMASIN Savings Card?

The AROMASIN Savings Card allows eligible patients to pay as little as $4 every time they get a 30-day fill of brand-name AROMASIN—and could save up to $3,600 a year. If you have a prescription for brand-name AROMASIN, you can use the card for every fill through December 31, 2020.*

*Terms and conditions apply.

How do I use the AROMASIN Savings Card?

There are 2 ways to use the card immediately. Once you’ve activated your Savings Card, you can either:

  • Bring a printed copy of it to the pharmacy
  • Show it to your pharmacist on your phone

You can keep this card with you and continue to save on each fill for AROMASIN through December 31, 2020.*

Who is eligible to use the AROMASIN Savings Card?

To be eligible to use an AROMASIN Savings Card, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Not be a resident of Massachusetts. (Restrictions may apply in other states)
  • Not be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal or state healthcare programs
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The Card is not valid for California residents whose prescriptions are covered in whole or in part by third-party insurance, a healthcare service plan, or other health coverage where a lower cost generic is available, unless applicable step therapy or prior authorization requirements have been completed.

Please check with your healthcare professional or insurer to confirm eligibility.

To learn the full details of who is eligible, please see the full Terms and Conditions.

 

How do I get an AROMASIN Savings Card?

To get a Savings Card, register here and then download your card or have it sent to you via mail or email.

If I already have an AROMASIN Savings Card, how can I activate it?

You can activate your Savings Card here.

Can I use the AROMASIN Savings Card on a previously filled prescription?

The AROMASIN Savings Card can only be used for new prescriptions that are filled after you have activated the card.

Does the AROMASIN Savings Card work at non-participating pharmacies?

Yes, for reimbursement when using a non-participating pharmacy: Pay for your AROMASIN prescription, and a mail copy of the original pharmacy receipt (cash register receipt NOT valid) with product name, date, and amount circled to: AROMASIN Savings Offer, 2250 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 300, Morrisville, NC 27560. Be sure to include a copy of the front of your Aromasin Savings Card, your name, and mailing address.

Does the AROMASIN Savings Card work through mail-order pharmacies?

Yes, for reimbursement when using the AROMASIN Savings Card through a mail-order pharmacy: Pay for your AROMASIN prescription, and mail a copy of the original pharmacy receipt (cash register receipt NOT valid) with product name, date, and amount circled to: AROMASIN Savings Card, 2250 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 300, Morrisville, NC 27560. Be sure to include a copy of the front of your Savings Card, your name, and mailing address.

Taking AROMASIN

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What should I tell my doctor before taking AROMASIN?

Before you take AROMASIN, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you:

  • are still having menstrual periods (are not past menopause). AROMASIN is only for women who are past menopause
  • have weak or brittle bones (osteoporosis)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Taking AROMASIN during pregnancy or within 1 month of becoming pregnant can harm your unborn baby
    • Females who are able to become pregnant should have a pregnancy test within 7 days before starting treatment with AROMASIN
    • Females who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control (contraceptive) during treatment with AROMASIN and for 1 month after your last dose of AROMASIN. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if AROMASIN passes into your breast milk. Do not breast-feed during treatment with AROMASIN and for 1 month after your last dose of AROMASIN
  • Have liver or kidney problems

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take medicines that contain estrogen, including other hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills or patches. AROMASIN should not be taken with medicines that contain estrogen as they could affect how well AROMASIN works.

How should I take AROMASIN?

  • Take AROMASIN exactly as your doctor tells you
  • Take AROMASIN 1 time each day after a meal
  • If you take too much AROMASIN, call your doctor right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room

How should I store my AROMASIN?

  • Store AROMASIN at room temperature: 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C)
  • Keep AROMASIN and all medicines out of the reach of children

Safety & Possible Side Effects

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Who should not take AROMASIN?

Do not take AROMASIN if you are allergic to AROMASIN or any of the ingredients in AROMASIN. See the end of the Patient Information for a complete list of ingredients in AROMASIN.

What are the possible side effects of AROMASIN?

AROMASIN may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Bone loss. AROMASIN decreases the amount of estrogen in your body which may reduce your bone mineral density (BMD) over time. This may increase your risk for bone fractures or weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis). Your doctor may check your bones during treatment with AROMASIN if you have osteoporosis or are at risk for osteoporosis

The most common side effects of AROMASIN in women with early breast cancer were:

  • hot flushes
  • headache
  • feeling tired
  • trouble sleeping
  • joint pain
  • increased sweating

The most common side effects of AROMASIN in women with advanced breast cancer were:

  • hot flushes
  • increased sweating
  • nausea
  • increased appetite
  • feeling tired

Your doctor will do blood tests to check your vitamin D level before starting treatment with AROMASIN.

AROMASIN may cause decreased fertility in males and females. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about fertility.

These are not all the possible side effects of AROMASIN. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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