Aromasin (Exemestane) is a prescription drug. It's used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It is often given to women whose cancer has progressed even after taking tamoxifen (Soltamox, Nolvadex) for 2 to 3 years.
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Many breast cancers are encouraged to grow by the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone. Aromasin blocks the effects of these hormones. With less oestrogen getting to the cancer cells they grow more slowly or stop growing altogether. When you reach the menopause, you no longer make oestrogen in your ovaries. But it is made in small amounts by turning other sex hormones called androgens into oestrogen.
The recommended dose of Aromasin (exemestane) pills is 25 mg once daily after a meal. Treatment with Aromasin should continue until tumor progression is evident.
Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) is used to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body in women and men. It is used to treat early breast cancer in women who have already been treated with surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation.
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Many breast cancers rely on the hormone oestrogen to grow. This type of breast cancer is called oestrogen receptor-positive (ER positive) breast cancer. Tamoxifen blocks oestrogen from reaching the cancer cells. This means the cancer either grows more slowly or stops growing altogether.
For patients with breast cancer, the recommended daily dose is 20-40 mg. Dosages greater than 20 mg per day should be given in divided doses (morning and evening).
I have been taking Aromasin for 3 months now and still wake up every night in pain on my hand, tingling and burning along with joint pain.
I was put on Aromasin after 6 months on Tamoxifen because I suffered debilitating muscle cramps on Tamoxifen as well as joint problems and extreme hot flushes. Aromasin has been kinder, and so far I have taken it daily for 4 years out of an initial 5. It may be prescribed beyond 5 years, I'm not sure. It has relatively slight side effects now but in the first 6 months I was conscious of its effects on my body - not intolerable by any means, just noticable.
Many hot flashes, but was having them anyway from the chemo. Knowing that Tamoxifen has worked on many in the past makes me confident that what I'm doing is a good thing.
I was on Tamoxifen for 5 years when I was 41 with very little side effects, or so I thought at the time. Its now that I look back that I do have a problem with mental clarity, confusion and memory loss. Does anyone know if this will improve now I have been off tamoxifen for 2 years. Although my consultant is talking about going back on it for another 5 years.
I was initially diagnosed at age 43 and refused Tamoxifen. I was diagnosed again last year and started Tamoxifen the day after my biopsy. Initially I was dizzy but that is long gone. I take it at night and have mild hot flashes. My period id fairly regular (I'm 48 now) but very light. I have put on 10 pounds. All in all, not a bad ride!