Aromasin (exemestane) is an FDA-approved medication used for the treatment of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It slows down the growth of breast tumors by reducing estrogen levels in women. It contains exemestane which is a selective aromatase inhibitor.
Generic name: exemestane
Brand name: Aromasin
Uses of Aromasin
It is used as:
- adjuvant treatment in postmenopausal women with early-stage estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer and have been on tamoxifen therapy for 2-3 years.
- as second-line treatment for advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women with disease progression following tamoxifen therapy.
How To Take Aromasin
Aromasin should be taken exactly as directed by your doctor. Read all drug guides or instruction sheets and follow all guidelines on your prescription label.
Aromasin is normally taken after a meal once a day. Take your medicine at the same time every day if possible.
Medical testing will be required on a regular basis. While using Aromasin, your doctor may advise you to take extra vitamin D. Only take the vitamin D dosage that your doctor has given.
To get the most out of Aromasin, use it on a regular basis. It’s possible that you’ll need to take this medication for up to 5 years.
Store at room temperature, away from moisture and heat, in the original container.
The following side effects can be associated with taking Aromasin. They include mild and severe side effects.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information on any potential adverse effects. They can provide you with advice on how to deal with any unpleasant side effects.
Mild side effects include:
- weight gain
- joint pain
- high blood pressure
- hot flashes
- trouble sleeping
- increased sweating
- hair loss
- increased appetite
Severe side effects include:
Severe side effects are uncommon, but they can happen. If you experience any major side effects, contact your doctor at once. If your symptoms are life-threatening or you believe you’re having a medical emergency, dial 911 or your local emergency number.
Aromasin should not be used if you are allergic to exemestane, have not yet begun menopause, or are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. It can harm the fetus doing pregnancy.
If you have liver or kidney disease, or if you have not yet attained menopause and are still having menstrual cycles, consult your doctor before using this medication.
To get the most out of Aromasin, use it on a regular basis. Before you run out of medicine, get your prescription refilled. It’s possible that you’ll need to take this prescription for up to 5 years. Pay attention to your doctor’s directions. If you use this medicine alongside hormone replacement therapy, it may not work as well.