Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adjuvant therapy for postmenopausal women with hormone receptor positive early breast cancer
Adult: Following 2-3 yr initial adjuvant tamoxifen treatment, 25 mg once daily for a total of 5 yr of combined sequential adjuvant hormonal therapy; or earlier if tumour relapse occurs.

Advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women
Adult: 25 mg once daily continued until evident tumour progression.
Special Patient Group
Patients on strong CYP3A4 enzyme inducers: 50 mg once daily.
Should be taken with food.
Premenopausal women. Pregnancy and lactation.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ uncontrolled HTN, osteoporosis and its potential causes (e.g. vit D deficiency, hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism). Hepatic and renal impairment.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Decrease in BMD.
Nervous: Headache, dizziness, depression, insomnia, anxiety, neuropathy, paraesthesia.
CV: HTN, peripheral oedema.
GI: Diarrhoea, nausea, abdominal pain, anorexia, constipation, vomiting.
Resp: Dyspnoea.
Musculoskeletal: Arthralgia, myalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis.
Ophthalmologic: Visual disturbances.
Dermatologic: Hot flushes, alopecia, increased sweating, dermatitis, rash.
Others: Fatigue.
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause drowsiness, asthenia, and dizziness, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor 25-hydroxy vit D level and BMD prior to therapy; and LFT. Assess for new or unusual bone pain or swelling of face, lips, or throat.
Drug Interactions
Decreased plasma levels of exemestane when used w/ strong CYP3A4 enzyme inducers (e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine, rifampicin). Antagonised effect w/ oestrogens.
Food Interaction
Increased bioavailability w/ food. Decreased therapeutic effect w/ St John’s wort.
Description: Exemestane is an irreversible, selective aromatase inhibitor which acts as a false substrate for the enzyme and forms an intermediate that binds to its active site. This leads to inactivation or suicide inhibition, thus preventing the conversion of androgens to oestrogens in peripheral tissues. It lowers circulating oestrogens in postmenopausal women w/ breast cancers where growth is oestrogen-dependent.
Absorption: Rapidly absorbed from the GI tract. Time to peak plasma concentration: 1.2 hr.
Distribution: Extensively distributed into tissues; crosses the placenta. Plasma protein binding: 90%, primarily to albumin and α1-acid glycoprotein.
Metabolism: Metabolised via oxidation by CYP3A4 enzyme and via reduction by aldoketoreductase into inactive metabolites.
Excretion: Via urine (>1% as unchanged drug; 39-45% as metabolites); faeces (36-48%). Elimination half-life: Approx 24 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Exemestane, CID=60198, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Exemestane (accessed on Jan. 23, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C. 
MIMS Class
Cancer Hormone Therapy
ATC Classification
L02BG06 - exemestane ; Belongs to the class of enzyme inhibitors. Used in treatment of neoplastic diseases.
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