The name of your medicine is APO-Exemestane. It contains the active ingredient exemestane.
It is used to:
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Exemestane is an aromatase inactivator. It works by significantly reducing the supply of oestrogen to cancer cells.
This stops the growth of those cancer cells which need oestrogen, a natural female sex hormone, to grow.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
This medicine is not recommended for use in children.
Do not take this medicine if:
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:
1. You have allergies to:
2. You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
3. You are currently pregnant or you plan to become pregnant. Do not take this medicine whilst pregnant.
4. You are currently breast-feeding or you plan to breast-feed. Do not take this medicine whilst breast-feeding.
5 .You are planning to have surgery or an anaesthetic.
6. You are currently receiving or are planning to receive dental treatment.
7. You are taking or are planning to take any other medicines, This includes vitamins and supplements that are available from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interact with exemestane. These include:
Some health food products for menopausal symptoms contain natural oestrogens.
If you are taking any of these you may need a different dose or you may need to take different medicines.
Other medicines not listed above may also interact with exemestane.
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor. Their instructions may be different to the information in this leaflet.
The recommended dosage is one 25 mg tablet taken once daily.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
Do not stop taking your medicine or change your dosage without first checking with your doctor.
Take this medicine at the same time each day, preferably after a meal. Taking it at the same time each day will help you remember when to take it.
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
Make sure you have enough to last over weekends and holidays.
If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise take it as soon as you remember and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for missed doses.
This may increase the chance of you experiencing side effects.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints to help you remember.
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of this medicine, immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26 in Australia) for advice. Alternatively go to the Accident and Emergency Department at your nearest hospital.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
Your doctor may occasionally do tests to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent side effects. Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take this medicine.
Be careful when driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine affects you. Exemestane may cause tiredness or dizziness in some people.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking exemestane or if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to exemestane, do not take any more of this medicine and tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include some or all of the following:
Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.
If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 30°C.
Do not store your medicine, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop taking this medicine or they have passed their expiry date, your pharmacist can dispose of the remaining medicine safely.
Exemestane 25 mg tablets are white to off-white, circular, biconvex and are sugar-coated.
* Not all strengths, pack types and/or pack sizes may be available.
Each tablet contains 25 mg of exemestane as the active ingredient.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
This medicine is gluten-free, lactose-free, tartrazine-free and free of other azo dyes.
APO-Exemestane 25 mg tablets (blister pack of 30's): AUST R 177312.