What is Exemestane used for?
Exemestane is used to treat early and advanced breast cancer in the postmenopausal women who have been already treated with a cancer medication called tamoxifen for 2 to 3 years.
Exemestane is also used to help prevent the recurrence of breast cancer. Exemestane is indicated for the treatment of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer and not used to treat the breast cancer that is not hormone sensitive. Exemestane is not recommended for use in children.
A natural hormone in the body called estrogen can fuel the growth of certain breast cancer. Exemestane works by reducing the amount of estrogen produced in your body, which slows or stops the cancer cell growth. Exemestane belongs to a class of medications known as aromatase inhibitors.
Exemestane may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Exemestane?
The dosage of Exemestane prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Exemestane by mouth, after a meal.
What if you miss a dose of Exemestane?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Exemestane medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.
What if you overdose on Exemestane?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Exemestane, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Exemestane?
- Conjugated estrogens
- Ethinyl Estradiol
- St. John’s wort
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Exemestane.
Exemestane can interact with the following types of medicines: estrogen blockers, estrogens, rifamycins and seizure medications.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Exemestane, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Exemestane?
Like other medicines, Exemestane can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Exemestane are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Exemestane cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Exemestane develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Exemestane can cause side effects such as constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, hair loss, hot flashes, headache, nausea, vomiting, increased sweating and trouble sleeping. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Exemestane.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Exemestane?
Is it possible for me to take Exemestane with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Exemestane?
What are the possible drug interactions of Exemestane?
How will Exemestane work in my body?
How should Exemestane be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Exemestane drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Exemestane is safe appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this or any other drug.
Before using Exemestane, tell your doctor if you have not gone through menopause or if you have high blood pressure, kidney problems, bone problems, liver problems and cholesterol.