Exemestane Side Effects

Exemestane Side Effects, Dosage, Warnings & Interactions

Exemestane is a prescription medication used to treat symptoms of breast cancer in women who have experienced menopause. It belongs to a class of medications called aromatase inhibitors. These medications work to lower estrogen levels by stopping an enzyme known as aromatase from changing other hormones into estrogen. In the following article, we discuss the side effects, warnings, interactions, dosage and brand names of exemestane. 

What Is Exemestane?

Exemestane does not stop the ovaries from producing estrogen. Rather, it simply lowers estrogen levels in women whose ovaries no longer produce estrogen. Most often, it is used by women who are experiencing menopause. 

Exemestane Side Effects

Like most prescription medications, exemestane does have a list of potential associated side effects. The most common side effects of exemestane are relatively mild and should disappear within the first few days. 

Common Side Effects Of Exemestane

The most common side effects of exemestane include the following: 

- Dizziness

- Headache

- Hot flushes

- Sweating

- Hair Loss

- Diarrhea

- Depression

- Anxiety

- Vomiting

- Nausea

- Increased appetite 

If these side effects are mild, they should disappear within a few days. If side effects persist, talk to your doctor or another healthcare professional. 

Serious Side Effects Of Exemestane 

Some side effects more serious and may require medical attention. If you experience any of the following serious symptoms, call your doctor as soon as possible. Call 911 if you think your symptoms may be life-threatening. 

More serious side effects of exemestane include the following: 

- Shortness of breath

- Chest pain

- Mental depression

- Lower back or side pain

- Unexplained broken bones

- Tightness in the chest 

Disclaimer: Here at Manifest Pharmacy, our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information.  However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare professional who  knows your medical history.   

How To Take Exemestane 

Exemestane comes as a tablet that should be taken by mouth. Take exemestane at the same time every day, usually once a day after a meal. Follow the directions on your prescription label and ask your doctor how to take exemestane if you have any further questions. 

Take Exemestane As Directed

Take exemestane as directed by your doctor or other healthcare professional. Your dosage and schedule may differ according to your condition or medical history. 

Exemestane Dosage 

Exemestane is available as an oral tablet at a strength of 25mg. Your dosage for irbesartan can vary depending on many factors, including the following: 

- Your age

- Your weight

- Severity of condition

- Stage of breast cancer 

Exemestane Dosage For Breast Cancer 

Adult: 25mg per day taken at the same time each day. 

Exemestane Warnings

Before taking exemestane, tell your doctor if you have experienced or currently experience any of the following conditions. Your doctor may need to adjust your dosage of exemestane accordingly. 

- Bone problems

- High blood sugar

- High blood fats

- Stroke

- Blood clots 

- Kidney problems

- LIier problems 

How Does Exemestane Work? 

Exemestane works to prevent the process of aromatisation within the breast area. This reduces the amount of estrogen in the body, helping to prevent various cancers that rely on estrogen to spread. 

Exemestane Brand Names 

Exemestane can be obtained as the following brand name medication and as a generic medication: 

- Aromasin 

Exemestane Vs. Anastrozole

Exemestane and anastrozole have both been linked in high blood pressure and cholesterol. One small study found that exemestane is more likely to cause high cholesterol than anastrozole, although the results were somewhat inconclusive. 

Exemestane Side Effects, Dosage, Warnings & Interactions: Summary

Exemestane is a prescription medication that can be purchased as the brand name drug Aromasin. It is often used to treat breast cancer by preventing aromatisation within the breasts. 


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