This drug is used to treat certain types of breast cancer (such as hormone receptor positive breast cancer) in women after menopause. Exemestane is also used to help prevent the cancer from returning. Some breast cancers are made to grow faster by a natural hormone called estrogen. Exemestane decreases the amount of estrogen the body produces and helps slow or reverse the growth of these breast cancers.
Exemestane is not usually used in women of childbearing age.
How to use Exemestane
Read the patient information leaflet provided by your pharmacist before starting to use exemestane and each time you receive a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this drug by mouth, usually once daily with food (after a meal), or as directed by your doctor.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all products you use (including prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, and herbal products).
Use this drug regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time every day.
As this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this drug or breathe the dust from the tablets. (See also Precautions section.)
Tell your doctor right away if your condition gets worse (like you have new breast lumps).