Aromasin (Aromasin; generic name Exemestane) by Pfizer is an aromatase inhibitor. It works by stopping the production of estrogen, which may decrease the size and growth of the tumor.
Exemestane (trade name Aromasin) is an oral steroidal aromatase inhibitor used in the adjuvant treatment of hormonally-responsive (also called hormone-receptor-positive, estrogen-responsive) breast cancer in postmenopausal women. An aim in the treatment of hormone-receptor-positive patients in preventing recurrence is to lower estrogen levels that this breast cancer thrives on.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Anxiety; back, joint, muscle, or limb pain; constipation; coughing; diarrhea; dizziness; fatigue; flu-like symptoms; hair loss; headache; hot flashes; increased or decreased appetite; increased sweating; joint pain; nausea; stomach pain or upset; tiredness; trouble sleeping; weight gain; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; confusion; depression; numbness of an arm or leg; numbness or tingling in the skin, hands, or feet; one-sided weakness; severe or sudden bone pain; severe stomach pain; shortness of breath; sudden, severe dizziness, headache, vomiting, or fainting; sudden, unusual weight gain; swelling of the hands, legs, or feet; vision or speech changes.
Use Aromasin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Exemestane comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully.
Take Aromasin by mouth after a meal at the same time every day.
Continue to take Aromasin even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.