Aromasin (Exemestane) is a medication prescribed to treat breast cancer in post-menopausal women. It operates by reducing estrogen levels to stop or slow the growth of tumours that are thought to use this hormone to grow. This treatment is commonly used to treat patients who have not responded well to other conditions. Your doctor may also prescribe this medication to treat other unlisted conditions.
Dosage and AdministrationStrictly use this medication as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
It is normally prescribed to be taken once daily at a dosage of one tablet, but your dosage and frequency of administration will be determined based on your response to other treatments, symptom severity, and current health condition. Never self-medicate or deviate from these instructions as misuse can cause serious health complications.
When administering your doses, swallow the tablets whole and unaltered with a full glass of water. These should be taken after a meal or snack to prevent an upset stomach. Never alter the form of the medication by chewing, splitting, or dissolving them in water as this can destroy the contents or change their effects. You are also suggested to take the doses at the same time each day to get the most efficient results by keeping a constant level of medication in the body.
Side effectsAs with any treatment, the use of Aromasin (Exemestane) may cause side effects in some patients. These can range widely in intensity and should always be discussed with your doctor as soon as possible. Side effects that may include:
- hot flashes or flushing
- increased sweating
- upset stomach
- joint pain or muscle weakness
- insomnia or other sleep disturbances
- blurriness, or tunnel vision
- swelling or pain in the extremities
- shortness of breath
- chest tightness, chest pain, or difficulty breathing
- difficulty speaking or balancing
PrecautionsDo not take Aromasin (Exemestane) if you are pre-menopausal, breastfeeding, pregnant, or fructose intolerant.
Also discuss conditions that may cause complications with your doctor such as osteoporosis or decreased liver or kidney function. These can require reduced doses or other changes to your treatment to prevent these problems from appearing.