Aromasin

(exemestane)

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Treats breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

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Our bottom line

Aromasin (exemestane) treats advanced breast cancer in post-menopausal women and helps lower their chances of the cancer coming back or spreading to the other breast. However, the overall survival rates for women who take Aromasin (exemestane) is the same as another treatment option, specifically Novaldex.

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Quick facts about Aromasin
  • Drug class: Cancer
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (exemestane)

Upsides

  • Unlike other chemotherapies, Aromasin (exemestane) comes as a pill.
  • Can be used safely and effectively by those with kidney or liver problems.
  • It is available as a generic pill.
  • Financial assistance is available if you have trouble affording this medication.
  • Aromasin (exemestane) works a little differently from other hormone therapies. If you are having difficulty with other hormone therapies, your doctor may suggest Aromasin (exemestane).
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Downsides

  • Aromasin (exemestane) can cause serious allergic reactions.
  • Some people may not be able to tolerate the bone pain and body aches from Aromasin (exemestane).
  • Aromasin (exemestane) reduces the amount of estrogen in your body which can lead to weaker bones and other symptoms typically only seen in postmenopausal women.
  • Although Aromasin (exemestane) is available as a generic, it can be more expensive than similar hormone therapies.
  • Aromasin (exemestane) is only approved for use after tamoxifen therapy.
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How it works

Aromasin (exemestane) is an irreversible aromatase inhibitor, which reduces your body's normal production of estrogen.

Quick facts about Aromasin
  • Drug class: Cancer
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (exemestane)

Used for

  • Hormone receptor positive breast cancer
  • Reduction of risk for breast cancer

Dosage forms

  • Pill
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What to expect when you take Aromasin (exemestane) for Breast cancer

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  • Possible side effects
  • Joint pain
  • Hot flashes
  • Increased sweating
  • Hair loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Difficulty sleeping
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Side effect rates for Aromasin (exemestane)

From 2252 clinical trials of Aromasin when taken for breast cancer
  • Hot flashes
    21%21%
  • Fatigue
    16%16%
  • Joint pain
    15%15%
  • Headache
    13%13%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    12%12%
  • Increased sweating
    12%12%
  • Dizziness
    10%10%
  • High blood pressure
    10%10%
  • Nausea
    9%9%
  • Pain in limbs
    9%9%
  • Back pain
    9%9%
  • Joint pain
    6%6%
  • Depression
    6%6%
  • Vision changes
    5%5%
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Risks and Warnings for Aromasin (exemestane)

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  • Over time, Aromasin (exemestane) can lower the quality of your bones. If you have brittle bones and need to be on Aromasin (exemestane), your doctor may prescribe another medication to improve the quality of your bones. Talk to your doctor about calcium and vitamin D supplementation for preventing bone loss.

Common concerns from people taking Aromasin (exemestane)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Can be used safely and effectively by those with kidney or liver problems.