Patient Education Quick Reference Guide Diablo Valley Oncology/Hematology Medical Group Phone Number: 925-677-5041Uses For This Medication
- Exemestane is used to treat postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer that have continued to progress following tamoxifen (Nolvadex®) therapy.
- Exemestane is also used to treat postmenopausal women with estrogen-receptor positive early stage breast cancer who have already received 2 to 3 years of tamoxifen therapy and who are switched to exemestane for completion of a total of 5 consecutive years of adjuvant hormonal therapy.
- This medication may also be given for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
- Are allergic to exemestane or any of its components
- You should not take this medication if you are premenopausal.
- Rarely, blood clots have been reported in patients receiving exemestane. If you have ever had a blood clot, you should let your doctor or healthcare provider know. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider immediately if you experience pain or swelling in your leg(s) or if you experience sudden shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sharp chest pain, sudden and severe headache, or pain that radiates down the shoulder and arm.
Patient specific precautions
- It is not known if this medication is safe and effective in children.
- Estrogen containing medications
- Rifampin (Rifadin®)
- Phenytoin (Dilantin®)
- St. John’s wort
- All medications can cause side effects. However, not all patients will experience these side effects. In addition, other side effects not listed can also occur in some patients. You should call your doctor or healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns while you are on this medication.
- You should contact your doctor or healthcare provider if you experience any side effect(s) which don’t go away, worsen, are serious in nature, or are worrisome to you.
- Side effects can occur when exemestane is given alone or together with other chemotherapy medications. The side effects listed below are those reported in patients who were treated with exemestane alone.
More common side effects
Less common side effects
- Hot flashes
- Depression, difficulty sleeping
Rare side effectsThis is not a complete list of the rare side effects reported with exemestane. For a complete list, please talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about reviewing a copy of the package insert.
- Vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation
- Loss of appetite
- Weight gain
- Dizziness, headache
- Increased sweating
- Fever and flu-like symptoms
- swelling of legs, feet
- This medication is taken by mouth (orally) once daily after a meal. Take this medication exactly as directed by your doctor or healthcare provider. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your doctor or healthcare provider to explain them to you.
- It is important that you only use this medication when it’s been prescribed for you. Sharing this medication with someone for whom it is not prescribed could cause harm.
- If you accidentally take too many pills or someone else accidentally takes your medication, contact your doctor, your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222, or emergency services immediately.
- Store this medication at room temperature and keep in its original container.
- Keep this medication out of the reach of children or pets.
- Ask your doctor or healthcare provider how to dispose of any medication that you no longer use.