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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Exemestane
Exemestane
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(exe MES tane)

Brand Names
Aromasin®

Therapeutic Categories
Antineoplastic Agent, Miscellaneous

Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to exemestane or any other part of the medicine.
  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women. The cancer has usually advanced.


How does it work?

  • Exemestane lowers circulating estrogens. In breast cancer, growth of the cancer is fueled by estrogens.


How is it best taken?

  • Take after a meal.
  • Take at a similar time everyday.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as possible, but it should be after a meal.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
  • Do not change dose or stop taking medicine without talking with healthcare provider.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) and other medicines and herbs that slow your actions and reactions. This includes sedatives, tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, or pain medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • Use caution if you have high blood pressure. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • If you are premenopausal tell your healthcare provider.
  • Do not use over-the-counter products that may affect blood pressure. This includes cough/cold remedies, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like products and certain herbs or supplements. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Do not use in pregnancy and do not get pregnant. Use birth control that you can trust while taking this medicine.
  • Do not use if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Feeling tired. Use caution when driving, doing other tasks or activities.
  • Hot flashes.
  • Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
  • Depression.
  • Inability to sleep or nervous.


What should I monitor?

  • Check blood pressure regularly.
  • Follow up with healthcare provider.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat.
  • Severe nausea or vomiting.
  • Any rash.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store in a tight container at room temperature.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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