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exemestane (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking exemestane (Aromasin)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to exemestane, or if you are breast-feeding a baby.

To make sure you can safely take exemestane, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • liver disease;
  • kidney disease; or
  • if you have not yet completed menopause, and are still having menstrual periods.

Exemestane can decrease bone mineral density, which may increase your risk of developing osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about your individual risk of bone loss.

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use exemestane if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby or cause a miscarriage. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

You may need to take a pregnancy test before using exemestane, to make sure you are not pregnant.

It is not known whether exemestane passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take exemestane (Aromasin)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Exemestane is usually taken once per day, after a meal. Try to take the medicine at the same time each day.

Use exemestane regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. You may need to keep taking take this medication for up to 5 years. Follow your doctor's instructions.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.

Store in the original container at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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