Antineoplastic Agent, Miscellaneous|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to exemestane or any other part of the
- If you are pregnant or
|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
|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
|What are the precautions when taking this
- 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
- 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
- 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
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling tired. Use caution when driving, doing other tasks or
- Hot flashes.
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
- Inability to sleep or
|What should I monitor?|
- Check blood pressure regularly.
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- 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
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- 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,
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