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Exemestane

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Aromatase Inhibitor Aromasin® Cancer-related

Exemestane - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Exemestane cause?

  • Joint, bone and muscle pain
  • Hot flushes, increased sweating can sometimes occur when you first start taking Exemestane
    If this persists, take your tablets at bedtime.
  • Tiredness and lack of energy
    If tiredness is a problem, do not drive a car or operate machinery. Avoid alcohol as it may make you feel more tired and drowsy.
  • Hair thinning may occur
  • Nausea
  • Osteoporosis
    Calcium supplementation can reduce/prevent bone thinning.

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Uncontrolled nausea, vomiting or diarrhea in the first few weeks of treatment
  • Excessive swelling of hands, feet or lower legs
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain or palpitations
  • Having trouble sleeping

Before taking Exemestane, what precautions must I follow?

  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medicines or supplements that you are taking.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Exemestane?

Exemestane - Additional Information

  • Updated on Sunday, October 15, 2017
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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