Exemestane is administrated to cure breast cancer in the postmenopausal period at women. Usually, it is administrated to women whose cancer has expanded even after surgery, radiation, or other cancer drugs have been tried without success.
Contra – indications:
It is not indicated to use this medication if you are allergic to exemestane, if menopause period has not come, or if you are pregnant or predisposed to get pregnant. You must not use exemestane if you are pregnant. It could be harmful to the unborn baby.
Pursue all indications on your prescription label. It is not advisable to take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts for a longer period than it prescribed. The medicine is taken once per day, after a meal. It is indicated to take the medicine at the same time every day.
For early and advanced breast cancer the recommended dose is 25 mg orally once daily after a meal.
In the postmenopausal period with early breast cancer that was treated 2-3 years with tamoxifen, the cure with exemestane should continue in the absence of recurrence or contralateral breast cancer until completion of five years of adjuvant endocrine therapy.
Exemestane minimizes estrogen levels in postmenopausal women, which may retard the expansion of certain types of breast tumors that need high estrogen levels in the body.
To make sure exemestane is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: liver disease; or kidney disease.
Exemestane can slow down bone mineral density, which may raise your risk of developing osteoporosis. Discuss to your doctor about your particular risks of bone loss. Contact your doctor immediately if you become pregnant during the treatment. It may be necessary to take a pregnancy test before using exemestane, to assure you are not pregnant. It is not proved whether exemestane passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed in the cure period.
Call for emergency help if you have any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Contact your doctor if you have: new or unusual bone pain; 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.
General side effects may include hot flashes; a headache, tired feeling; joint pain; nausea, increased appetite; sleep problems (insomnia); or increased sweating.
Call the emergency if you took an overdose of exemestane.