Brand name: Aromasin
to take Aromastin, you should tell your doctor if you are allergic to this medication or any of its
components. Discuss any medication allergies you have experienced in the past, since Aromastin may contain
inactive ingredients you might be allergic to. You should also tell your doctor if you have or have ever
had liver or kidney disease. Aromastin is intended only for women who have experience menopause and
become pregnant. Because Aromastin can harm a developing fetus, this drug should not be taken by a
pregnant woman; also, tell your doctor if you are breast feeding.
Indications: Aromastin (also
known by its generic name exemestane) is a medication used to treat the early stages of breast cancer in women
who have already experienced menopause (the halt of monthly menstrual periods). When treating early breast
cancer, Aromastin is prescribed after a patient has been on the medication tamoxifin (brand name Nolvadex) for
two or three years. Aromastin is also used to treat breast cancer that has become worse while taking
tamoxifin. This medication works by decreasing the amount of estrogen your body produces. For this
reason, Aromastin belongs to the drug class aromatase inhibitors.
Aromastin will be given to you in the form of a tablet. You should
take this tablet orally and swallow it with a glass of water. As with
all tablets, you should not chew, crush, or split your Aromastin tablet. Aromastin is usually taken once a day after a meal. However, your doctor may direct you differently. For more detailed instructions regarding how to take Aromastin, you can refer to
the drug information packet provided to you with your prescription.
Overdose: all chemotherapy drugs
can cause serious health problems when overdosed. Contact your doctor or a local poison control center near you
immediately if you experience symptoms indicating Aromasin
overdose. Do not neglect
to see your physician; an overdose of Aromasin can lead to death.
In case you forget to take a dose of Aromasin
, take the missed one
as soon as you remember if it is not almost times for the following dose; do not
double the next dose to recover the missed one; it can be dangerous. You can contact your doctor or wait to go back
to your regular schedule.
Taking Aromastin is
contraindicated by hypersensitivity or allergy to this drug or its inactive ingredients. Tell your doctor if you have experience an allergic reaction to Aromastin in
the past, as well as any other medication allergies you have.
Aromastin is also contraindicated in women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant. Because of the potential for damage to the developing fetus, women who are
pregnant while taking Aromastin or who become pregnant during their treatment should receive medical counseling
from their doctor.
beginning a breast cancer treatment with
Aromasin, tell your doctor if you have any of these health problems:
- Severe liver
- chronic kidney
- Glucose and galactose
The prescription products that may interact with Aromastin include estrogen (such as conjugated estrogens and
ethinyl estradiol) and estrogen blockers (such as tamoxifen and anastrozole), and raloxifene. Drugs that remove exemestane from your body may also interact with
Aromastin. Some of these drugs include medications used to manage
seizures (such as carbamazepine, Phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifamycins (such as rifabutin), and
others. You should also tell your doctor if you are taking any
herbal remedies, especially St. John’s wort.
in the combat against
breast cancer cells, Aromasin can bring good results; however, by attacking cancer, the
drug also affect healthy cells that multiply rapidly, which can cause adverse effects in most patients. The
most common Aromasin side effects include:
or joint pain
falling asleep or staying asleep.
cause serious side effects which require immediate medical attention; contact your doctor immediately if you
experience any of these symptoms:
swallowing or breathing.
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