Aromasin is a brand name for the drug Exemestane, which is a type of medication known as an aromatase inhibitor. It is primarily used to treat breast cancer in women who have already gone through menopause. Aromasin comes in the form of a tablet that is taken orally, with or without food.
Aromasin works by blocking the production of estrogen, a hormone that can promote the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells. By reducing the amount of estrogen in the body, Aromasin can slow down or stop the growth of these cancer cells, which can help to prevent the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body. Aromasin is also used to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer in women who have already undergone surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.
Apart from breast cancer treatment, Aromasin may also be used off-label to treat other conditions such as infertility and gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue in men). However, these uses have not been approved by the FDA, and should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
As with any medication, Aromasin can cause side effects, although not everyone experiences them. Common side effects of Aromasin include hot flashes, sweating, fatigue, headache, and joint pain. Serious side effects such as bone loss, liver damage, and increased risk of heart disease may also occur, but are rare. It is important to inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms while taking Aromasin.
Aromasin should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as it may harm the developing fetus or infant. It should also not be used in premenopausal women or men, as it can cause harm to their hormonal balance. Aromasin may interact with other medications, so it is important to inform your healthcare provider of any other medications you are taking before starting Aromasin. Finally, Aromasin should only be taken as prescribed, and not shared with others, as it can have serious consequences if used improperly.