Exemestane lowers estrogen levels in postmenopausal women, which may slow the growth of certain types of breast tumors that need estrogen to grow in the body. Exemestane is used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It is often given to women whose cancer has progressed even after surgery, radiation, or other cancer medications have been tried without success.
Along with its needed effects, exemestane may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking exemestane:
Cough or hoarseness
difficult or labored breathing
fever or chills
lower back or side pain
swelling of the hands, ankles, feet, or lower legs
tightness in the chest
difficult, burning, or painful urination
frequent urge to urinate
unexplained broken bones
25 mg orally once a day. This drug should be administered after a meal.