This tablet is usually used to treat certain types of breast cancer (such as hormone receptor-positive breast cancer). In any case, physicians may also prescribe this medicine for other purposes not listed in this article. This medicine also helps to prevent the cancer from returning. While the active ingredient is Exemestane, it also contains other inactive ingredients such as microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, mannitol, polyethylene glycol 6000, titanium dioxide, and others. Xtane 25 mg belongs to the class of medications called aromatase inhibitors. This medicine is not intended for use in women of childbearing age.
The manufacturer of Xtane 25 mg is Natco Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Take the pill whole by mouth with a glass of water usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. While swallowing, do not chew, break, or crush the tablet because you may notice an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Avoid other beverages to administer this medicine such as alcohol because your risk of adverse effects may increase. In case nausea or stomach upset occurs, you can take the tablet with milk or light food. To get the most benefit from Xtane 25 mg, it is recommended to administer this medication each day and at the same time.
In addition, do not use this drug more frequently than is allowed because it will not treat your condition faster. In certain cases, your doctor may gradually increase the dosage for several weeks, if you do not notice the desired result.
Using the liquid form of this medicine requires a special measuring spoon or cup. It is not advised to use a household teaspoon because you may get the wrong dose, which may also increase your risk of side effects. Inform your doctor if your health condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Commonly, the dosages are based on the severity of the health condition, age, weight, other medicines you may use, and your response to therapy. If you have doubts about what dosage is better for you, avoid using this medicine or consult a doctor. Moreover, you should not stop the treatment too early without the doctor’s approval because symptoms may return. Therefore, your condition may become worse or more difficult to treat.
- Xtane 25 mg
You should not miss doses because symptoms may return. However, if you miss one, doctors recommend taking the dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, simply skip the missed dose and continue the regular schedule as prescribed. Do not take a double dose the next time trying to catch up because you may experience severe side effects.
Rarely, if you administer more tablets than is prescribed by the doctor, you may notice an overdose. Symptoms of overdose include severe dizziness, slow or shallow breathing, passing out, fast or pounding heartbeat, and others. Stop using this medicine and consult a doctor at once if you experience any of the symptoms listed above. If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider.
Side Effects of Xtane 25 mg
All medicines may give you certain side effects and Exemestane is not an exception. Some factors that can provoke side effects are allergy and overdose. There are three types of adverse effects: mild, moderate, and severe.
Mild Side Effects
Usually, patients ignore this category of side effects. However, is advised to inform your doctor if you notice any of them. Check some examples below:
- Hot flashes
- Increased sweating
Moderate Side Effects
Commonly, this category of side effects is not dangerous for the patients. Thus, they can continue taking Xtane 25 mg safely even if experience any of the following adverse effects. In addition, your healthcare professional may be able to help you to prevent or avoid side effects. For example:
- Skin rash
- Asthenia (feeling weak)
Severe Side Effects
In rare cases, this category of adverse effects may occur. However, interrupt using Xtane 25 mg and ask for medical help right away if you experience any of the following negative effects. Check below some examples:
- Hair loss
- Insomnia (sleep disturbances)
- Joint or bone pain
- Mental disorders (such as depression, anxiety, and others)
Talk with a doctor if you experience any of the adverse reactions listed above or both of them at the same time because this document does not contain a complete list of side effects.
Exemestane may interact with some medicines and substances. It means that other drugs may change how Xtane 25 mg works by decreasing its effectiveness or even increasing the risk of adverse effects. Before using this drug, share a list of products that you are using with your doctor. Examples include herbal products, supplements, vitamins, prescription medicines, nonprescription medicines, and others. Check some examples below:
- Ethinyl estradiol
- Conjugated estrogens
- St. John’s Wort
This article does not contain all possible drug interactions. That’s why it is important to consult a doctor before using Xtane 25 mg.
Inform your healthcare provider if you have an allergy to the ingredients of the drug or if you have any other allergies. Moreover, you should share your medical history with your doctor before using Xtane 25 mg. For example:
- Bone problems (such as osteopenia, osteoporosis, and others)
- Blood clots
- Heart disease (such as heart failure, heart attack, chest pain, and others)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Kidney or liver problems
- High blood fats (cholesterol)
Exemestane may temporarily blur your vision or may make you drowsy or dizzy. Limit or avoid alcoholic drinks and marijuana (cannabis) during treatment because these effects may increase. Moreover, you should avoid driving and operating heavy machinery while taking Xtane 25 mg until you can do it safely.
Do not use this medicine during pregnancy because it may harm you and your unborn baby. There is no information if Exemestane passes into breast milk or not. That’s why it is recommended to consult a doctor before breastfeeding.