Side Effects of Exemestane
Among the common side effects of exemestane are hot flashes, nausea, and fatigue. In most cases, exemestane side effects are minor and either don't require treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Certain side effects, however, should be reported to a healthcare provider immediately. Some of these more serious side effects include an increase in tumor size, signs of an allergic reaction, or depression.
An Introduction to Side Effects of ExemestaneAs with any medicine, there are possible side effects with exemestane (Aromasin®). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the medication well. If side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with exemestane. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of exemestane side effects with you.)
Common Side Effects of ExemestaneExemestane has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented. In these studies, the most common side effects of exemestane included:
- Hot flashes -- in up to 32.9 percent of women
- Fatigue -- up to 22 percent
- Nausea -- up to 18 percent
- Hair loss -- up to 15.1 percent (see Aromasin and Hair Loss)
- High blood pressure (hypertension) -- up to 15.1 percent
- Joint pain -- up to 14.6 percent
- Headaches -- up to 13.1 percent
- Insomnia -- up to 12.4 percent (see Aromasin and Insomnia).
Other common side effects (occurring in 5 to 12 percent of people) included:
- Increased sweating
- Vision problems
- Arm or leg pain
- Back pain
- Abdominal pain (or stomach pain)
- Muscle pain
- Flu symptoms (such as fever or chills)
- Swelling or water retention
- Loss of appetite