Exemestane - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Exemestane

Generic Name : Exemestane
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Exemestane are provided here.

Pronunciation : ex e mes' tane

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Exemestane, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

ICD Code : Y43.3 Therapeutic Classification : Chemotherapy

Trade Names/Brand Names of Exemestane

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Why is Exemestane Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an aromatase inhibitor, prescribed for advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women who are no longer responsive to anti-estrogen therapy. It works by decreasing the amount of estrogen.

When should Exemestane not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity, pregnancy and lactation, premenopausal women.

What is the dosage of Exemestane?

PO- The recommended dose is 25 mg once daily.

How should Exemestane be taken?

This medication available in the form of tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day after a meal.

What are the warnings and precautions for Exemestane?

•This medication is only for women who have experienced menopause and cannot become pregnant.

• Inform your doctor about your pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may lead to liver or kidney disease.

• Monitor bone mineral density at regular intervals especially in patients at risk of osteoporosis.

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver or kidney problems, osteoporosis (weak bones), heart problems, blood vessel problems, stroke, any allergy, and who are taking other medications.

What are the side effects of Exemestane?

Heart- Chest pain, hypertension, accumulation of fluids.
Central Nervous System- Fatigue, depression, sleeplessness, anxiety, headache, dizziness.
Skin- Rash, increased sweating, abnormal hair growth, hair loss, and acne.
Hormone- Hot flushes, weight gain.
Gastrointestinal- Low potential for nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, anorexia, constipation, diarrhea, and increased appetite.
Blood- Abnormally low level of lymphocytes.
Musculoskeletal- Musculoskeletal pain, joint pain.
Respiratory- Difficulty in breathing, coughing.
Miscellaneous- Flu-like symptoms with fever, hoarseness; hypersensitivity, hives and itching.

What are the other precautions for Exemestane?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Exemestane?

Store at 25°C. Store it in airtight container and keep away from children.