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1/4/2018I have been on arimidex for 2.5 years after double mastectomy for stage 1 invasive lobular breast cancer. Negative nodes and no chemo or radiation needed. I recently started on alendronate because the arimidex contributed to osteoporosis. Do either of these drugs increase the risk of gallstones, gallbladder problems or pancreatitis? I'm having a lot of right upper quadrant soreness/tenderness and some right sided chest pain. Gallstones were seen on an ultrasound 6 months ago. Will be seeing oncologist tomorrow.
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1/5/2018Nothing specifically tied to gallbladder or pancreas however it can cause abdominal pain and if severe usually patients have to come off of the drug. biggest issues are that it can damage the esophagus so DON'T lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking it. if you have any history of swallowing problems make your doctor aware of this right away.

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