Exemestane is a hormonal therapy drug used to treat breast cancer.
You have exemestane as tablets. Your cancer doctor or nurse will tell you how long you take it for.
Exemestane is also used to help prevent the cancer from returning. Some breast cancers are made to grow faster by a natural hormone called estrogen. Exemestane decreases the amount of estrogen the body makes and helps to slow or reverse the growth of these breast cancers.
Exemestane is usually not used in women of childbearing age.
How you have exemestane tablets
You have exemestane as tablets. Try to take it at the same time each day. Swallow the tablet whole with a drink of water. You should take it after food.
Taking your exemestane 25 mg
You must take tablets according to the instructions your doctor or pharmacist gives you.
- You should take the right dose, not more or less.
- Never stop taking a cancer drug without talking to your specialist first.
- If you accidentally take more exemestane than you should, let your doctor know straight away.
- If you forget to take a tablet, take it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for the next dose, take that tablet at the usual time. Don't take a double dose to make up for the missed one.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Exemestane Side Effects:
Important things to remember about the side effects of exemestane:
- Most people do not experience all of the side effects listed.
- Side effects are often predictable in terms of their onset and duration.
- Side effects are almost always reversible and will go away after treatment is complete.
- There are many options to help minimize or prevent side effects.
- There is no relationship between the presence or severity of side effects and the effectiveness of the medication.
Less serious side effects may include:
- headache, tired feeling;
- joint pain;
- upset stomach;
- depressed mood;
- sleep problems (insomnia); or
- increased sweating.