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EXEMESTANE 25 MG COATED TABLETS

Active substance(s): EXEMESTANE / EXEMESTANE

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the nearest hospital casualty department. Show them the pack of Exemestane tablets.
If you forget to take Exemestane
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
If you forget to take your tablet, take it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time
for the next dose, take it at the usual time.
If you stop taking Exemestane
Do not stop taking your tablets even if you are feeling well, unless your doctor tells you.

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

EXEMESTANE 25 mg
coated tablets

(Exemestane)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because
it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may
harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
In this leaflet:
1. What Exemestane is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Exemestane
3. How to take Exemestane
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Exemestane
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT EXEMESTANE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Your medicine is called Exemestane. Exemestane belongs to a group of medicines known
as aromatase inhibitors. These drugs interfere with a substance called aromatase, which
is needed to make the female sex hormones, oestrogens, especially in postmenopausal
women. Reduction in oestrogen levels in the body is a way of treating hormone
dependent breast cancer.
Exemestane is used to treat hormone dependent early breast cancer in postmenopausal
women after they have completed 2-3 years of treatment with the medicine tamoxifen.
Exemestane is also used to treat hormone dependent advanced breast cancer in
postmenopausal women when a different hormonal drug treatment has not worked
well enough.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE EXEMESTANE
Do not take Exemestane
• if you are or have previously been allergic to exemestane (the active ingredient in
Exemestane) or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
• if you have not already been through ‘the menopause’, i.e. you are still having
your monthly period.
• if you are pregnant, likely to be pregnant or breast-feeding.
Warnings and precautions
• Before treatment with Exemestane, your doctor may want to take blood samples
to make sure you have reached the menopause.
• Routine checking of your vitamin D level will also be made before treatment, as
your level may be very low in the early stages of breast cancer. You will be given
vitamin D supplement if your levels are below normal.
• Before taking Exemestane, tell your doctor if you have problems with your liver
or kidneys.
• Tell your doctor if you have a history or are suffering from any condition which
affects the strength of your bones. Your doctor may want to measure your bone
density before and during the treatment of Exemestane. This is because drugs of
this class lower the levels of female hormones and this may lead to a loss of the
mineral content of bones, which might decrease their strength.
Other medicines and Exemestane
Please tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Exemestane should not be given at the same time as hormone replacement therapy
(HRT).
The following medicines should be used cautiously when taking Exemestane. Let
your doctor know if you are taking medicines such as:
• rifampicin (an antibiotic),
• carbamazepine or phenytoin (anticonvulsants used to treat epilepsy),
• the herbal remedy St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), or preparations containing it.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take Exemestane if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
If you are pregnant or think you might be, tell your doctor.
Discuss contraception with your doctor if there is any possibility that you may become
pregnant.
Driving and using machines
If you feel drowsy, dizzy or weak whilst taking Exemestane, you should not attempt
to drive or operate machinery.
Exemestane contains sucrose and methyl parahydroxybenzoate
• If you have previously been told that you have intolerance to some sugars, contact
your doctor before taking this medicine. Exemestane tablets contain sucrose (a
type of sugar), which may cause a problem in a small number of patients with
hereditary intolerance to some sugars (glucose-galactose malabsorption, fructose
intolerance or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency).
• Exemestane contains a small amount of methyl parahydroxybenzoate, which may
cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed), if this should happen please contact
your doctor.
3. HOW TO TAKE EXEMESTANE
Adults and the elderly
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor
if you are not sure.
Exemestane tablets should be taken by mouth after a meal at approximately the
same time each day. Your doctor will tell you how to take Exemestane and for how
long. The recommended dose is one 25 mg tablet daily.
If you need to go to the hospital whilst taking Exemestane, let the medical staff know
what medication you are taking.
Use in children
Exemestane is not suitable for use in children.
If you take more Exemestane than you should
If too many tablets are taken by accident, contact your doctor at once or go straight to
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4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Exemestane can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them. In general, Exemestane is well tolerated and the following side effects observed
in patients treated with Exemestane are mainly mild or moderate in nature. Most
of the side effects are associated with a shortage of oestrogen (e.g. hot flushes).
Hypersensitivity, inflammation of the liver (hepatitis) and inflammation of the bile
ducts of the liver which cause yellowing of the skin (cholestatic hepatitis) may occur.
Symptoms include feeling generally unwell, nausea, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and
eyes), itching, right sided abdominal pain and loss of appetite. Contact your doctor
promptly to seek urgent medical advice if you think you have any of these symptoms.
Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
• Depression
• Difficulty sleeping
• Headache
• Hot flushes
• Dizziness
• Feeling sick
• Increased sweating
• Muscle and joint pain (including osteoarthritis, back pain, arthritis and joint stiffness)
• Tiredness
• A reduction in the number of white blood cells
• Abdominal pain
• Elevated level of liver enzymes
• Elevated level of a hemoglobin breakdown in the blood
• Elevated level of a blood enzyme in the blood due to liver damage
• Pain
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
• Loss of appetite
• Carpal tunnel syndrome (a combination of pins and needles, numbness and pain
affecting all of the hand except the little finger) or tingling/prickling of the skin
• Stomach ache, vomiting (being sick), constipation, indigestion, diarrhoea
• Hair loss
• Skin rash, hives and itchiness
• Thinning of bones which might decrease their strength (osteoporosis), leading to
bone fractures (breaks or cracks) in some cases
• Pain, swollen hands and feet
• A reduction in the number of platelets in the blood
• Muscle weakness
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
• Hypersensitivity
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
• A breakout of small blisters on an area of the skin in a rash
• Drowsiness
• Inflammation of the liver
• Inflammation of the bile ducts of the liver which cause yellowing of the skin
Not known side effect (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
• Low level of certain white blood cells in the blood
Changes in the amount of certain blood cells (lymphocytes) and platelets circulating in
your blood, especially in patients with a pre-existing lymphopenia (reduced lymphocytes
in the blood) may also be seen.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly
via the Yellow Card Scheme website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of
this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE EXEMESTANE
• Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use Exemestane after the expiry date which is stated on the outer carton
and the blister after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
• This medicine does not require any special storage conditions.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will
help protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Exemestane contains
• The active substance is exemestane. Each coated tablet contains 25 mg exemestane.
• The other ingredients are silica colloidal hydrated, crospovidone, hypromellose,
magnesium stearate, mannitol, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycollate
(type A), polysorbate, polyvinyl alcohol, simeticone, macrogol, sucrose, magnesium
carbonate light, methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), cetyl esters wax, talc, carnauba
wax, shellac, titanium oxide (E171) and iron oxides (E172).
What Exemestane looks like and contents of the pack
Exemestane is a round, biconvex, off-white, coated tablet marked 7663 on one side.
Exemestane is available in blister packs of 15, 20, 30, 90, 100 and 120 tablets.
Not all pack sizes will be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Pfizer Limited
Ramsgate Road
Sandwich, Kent CT13 9NJ
United Kingdom
Manufacturer
Pfizer Italia S.r.l
Località Marino del Tronto
63100 Ascoli Piceno (AP),
Italy.
This leaflet was last revised in 02/2014.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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