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.

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    Cough or hoarseness
    difficult or labored breathing
    fever or chills
    lower back or side pain
    mental depression
    swelling of the hands, ankles, feet, or lower legs
    tightness in the chest
    Less common
    Chest pain
    difficult, burning, or painful urination
    frequent urge to urinate
    headache
    sore throat
    unexplained broken bones
    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    clay-colored stools
    confusion
    dark urine
    decreased urine output
    diarrhea
    difficulty with speaking
    dilated neck veins
    dizziness
    double vision
    inability to move the arms, legs, or facial muscles
    inability to speak
    irregular breathing
    irregular heartbeat
    itching or rash
    loss of appetite
    nausea
    slow speech
    unpleasant breath odor
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vomiting of blood
    weight gain
    yellow eyes or skin
    Some of the side effects that can occur with exemestane may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Anxiety
    constipation
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    general feeling of tiredness or weakness
    hot flashes
    increased sweating
    pain
    trouble sleeping
    Less common
    Back pain
    bone pain
    burning, tingling, or prickly sensations
    decreased sense of touch
    increased appetite
    joint pain
    loss of hair
    runny nose
    stomach upset
    weakness, generalized
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