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Exemestane - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Exemestane is used to treat breast cancer in women who have reached menopause (menstrual cycle has stopped).

How do I take this medicine?

Take Exemestane exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take it together with food or immediately after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Exemestane must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not take Exemestane if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. This medicine may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking Exemestane.

Do not breastfeed while being treated with this medicine.

Do not take Exemestane if you are not yet menopausal and are still having your menstrual periods.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • osteoporosis (weak and brittle bones)
  • vitamin D deficiency
Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.

- You may need to have routine tests (e.g. vitamin D level, bone mineral density) while being treated with this medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.
- Pregnancy test may be done prior to initiation, during and one month after medication.

What side effects could I experience?

Exemestane may cause drowsiness or dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects may include any of the following: hot flushes, tiredness, joint or muscle pain, headache, difficulty sleeping, increased sweating, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, hair loss and rash.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine, phenobarbital
  • medicine for tuberculosis or TB e.g. rifampicin
  • herbal medicines e.g. St. John’s wort
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Exemestane.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

As this is a cancer medicine, always return any unused or expired tablets to the clinic, hospital or pharmacy for disposal. Do not throw it away in the household waste.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Exemestane - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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