Sold under the brand name Aromasin®, exemestane is a prescription medication used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Specifically, it has been licensed to treat postmenopausal women who are switching from tamoxifen (Nolvadex®, Soltamox®) and have:
- Early breast cancer that is hormone receptor-positive and have had surgery or radiation
- Advanced breast cancer that has not responded to tamoxifen.
Exemestane comes in the form of a tablet and is taken once a day, ideally at the same time each day. Not everyone who takes this drug will have side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. In clinical studies, some of the most commonly reported reactions included hot flashes, fatigue, and nausea.
(To learn more, click Exemestane. This article describes the drug in detail, with information on how it works, effectiveness, and whether you can buy it in generic form.)