Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adjuvant therapy for postmenopausal women with hormone receptor positive early breast cancer, Advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women
Adult: In hormone receptor +ve postmenopausal women: 2.5 mg once daily. Treatment may be continued up to 5 yr for extended adjuvant therapy or until tumour progression for advanced breast cancer.
Hepatic Impairment
Severe (Child-Pugh class C): 2.5 mg every other day.
May be taken with or without food.
Premenopausal status. Pregnancy and lactation.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ history of osteoporosis and/or fracture. Severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh score C) or cirrhosis.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Decreased BMD, CNS depression, hypercholesterolaemia.
Nervous: Dizziness, insomnia, somnolence, fatigue, headache, hypertension.
CV: Peripheral oedema, HTN, MI.
GI: Nausea, anorexia, increased appetite, dyspepsia, constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting.
Resp: Dyspnoea, cough.
Hepatic: Increased liver enzymes.
Genitourinary: Vag bleeding.
Endocrine: Hot flushes, wt gain.
Haematologic: Thrombocytopenia.
Musculoskeletal: Osteoporosis, bone fracture, arthralgia, myalgia.
Dermatologic: Sweating, alopecia; erythematous, psoriaform, maculopapular or vesicular rash, dry skin.
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause fatigue, somnolence and dizziness, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor BP, CBC, thyroid function test, BMD level, serum electrolytes, cholesterol, transaminases, and creatinine periodically.
Drug Interactions
Tamoxifen, anti-oestrogen agent, oestrogen-containing drugs may diminish the pharmacological action of letrozole. Decreased plasma concentration w/ strong CYP3A4 inducers (e.g. rifampicin).
Mechanism of Action: Letrozole is a non-steroidal aromatase enzyme inhibitor which competitively binds to the haem of the CYP enzyme, blocking the conversion of androstenedione and testosterone into oestriol and oestradiol respectively, thus, leading to significantly reduced serum oestrogen concentration.
Absorption: Rapidly and completely absorbed from the GI tract.
Distribution: Rapidly and extensively distributed to tissues. Volume of distribution: Approx 1.9 L/kg. Plasma protein binding: Approx 60%, mainly albumin.
Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver by CYP3A4 and CYP2A6 enzymes into an inactive carbinol metabolite.
Excretion: Mainly via urine (6% as unchanged drug, 75% as glucoronide carbinol metabolite, 9% as unidentified metabolites). Terminal elimination half-life: Approx 2 days.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Letrozole, CID=3902, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Letrozole (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store at 25°C. Protect from moisture.
This is a cytotoxic drug. Follow applicable procedures for receiving, handling, admin, and disposal.
MIMS Class
Cancer Hormone Therapy
ATC Classification
L02BG04 - letrozole ; Belongs to the class of enzyme inhibitors. Used in treatment of neoplastic diseases.
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