Aromasin falls into the class of drugs known as aromatase inhibitor. The drugs that are a part of this category interfere with aromatase, a substance which is required to make female sex hormones called estrogens, especially in postmenopausal women. It helps in treating hormone dependent breast cancer by reducing estrogen levels in the body.
Aromasin is indicated for the treatment of breast cancer in women. It is only recommended for those women who no longer have their menstrual periods, either naturally (after menopause) or because they have had their ovaries surgically removed. Aromasin also reduces the risk of spreading or recurrence of the breast cancer. It is also prescribed by the physician’s when the cancer has not responded or has recurred after treating with other drugs.
Aromasin functions by inhibiting aromatase enzyme for the conversion of androgen to estrogen. Androgen is the primary source of estrogen in post menopausal women. The medicine decreases circulating estrogen thereby decreasing spreading of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.
Do not take Aromasin if you: are a child; you have still your monthly period; have a history of hypersensitivity to Exemestane or other components present in the Aromasin. Tell your doctor if you: are pregnant or a nursing women; have a background of kidney disease; are allergic to other substances such as food, dyes, or preservatives; have a history or are suffering from a bone disorder; have liver problems.
The recommended dose of Aromasin is 25 mg once daily. The treatment should continue until a progress in the tumor development is clearly seen. The safety of chronic dosing in patients with kidney and liver disease has not been demonstrated.
Aromasin should be taken daily after consuming food. It comes in 25 mg tablet for oral administration. Do not discontinue the treatment even if you notice improvement or are feeling well, unless your doctor tells you. Your doctor will be the right person to tell you how long to take Aromasin.
If you accidentally take too many Aromasin, contact your doctor or visit your nearest healthcare center immediately. Never double up your dose to make up for the missed dose. If you forget to take Aromasin, take the dose when you remember. But, if it is nearly time for your next scheduled dose then, do not take your missed dose instead take the next dose at the usual time.
The side effects of the Aromasin are usually mild to moderate. The most commonly experienced side effects are fatigue, hot flushes and arthralgia (joint pain). You can also experience some other side effects such as: dyspepsia, constipation, abdominal pain, increased blood bilrubin, anorexia, vomiting. etc.
Aromasin should be taken after meal at the same time each day. If you feel drowsy while taking Aromasin, you should avoid driving or operate machinery. Before strating the Aromasin therapy, your doctor may collect your blood samples to confirm that you have reached the menopause.