Exemestane – is an antineoplastic hormonal drug to reduce the level of estrogen in the blood of women within the framework of treatment against hormone-positive breast cancer. It is believed steroidal aromatase inhibitor refers to preparations of 3 generations. Its use is justified in cases where surgical intervention, as well as a course of radiation or other drugs did not give the desired results.
Before taking Exemestane
You should not use Exemestane if you are allergic to exemestane, or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:
- liver disease;
- kidney disease; or
- not yet completed menopause.
FDA pregnancy category D. Exemestane can cause harm to an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
You may need to take a pregnancy test before using Exemestane, to make sure you are not pregnant.
It is not known whether exemestane passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Exemestane without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take Exemestane?
Take Exemestane exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Exemestane is usually taken once per day. You may need to keep taking take this medicine for up to 5 years. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor.
Store this medicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Overdose symptoms may include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or blood in your stools.
What should I avoid while taking Exemestane?
Exemestane can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Exemestane side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Exemestane: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- swollen glands;
- a bone fracture;
- swelling in your hands or feet;
- feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion; or
- chest pain, sudden numbness or weakness, sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance.