Class/mechanism: Steroidal aromatase inhibitor; irreversibly binds and inactivates the aromatase enzyme that converts adrenal and ovarian androgens (androstenedione and testosterone) to estrogens (estrone and estradiol) in peripheral tissues.
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Diseases for which it is used
Patient drug information
- Exemestane (Aromasin) package insert pages 16-17
- Brief patient counseling information can be found on page 15 of the Exemestane (Aromasin) package insert
- Exemestane (Aromasin) patient drug information (Chemocare)
- Exemestane (Aromasin) patient drug information (UpToDate)
History of changes in FDA indication
- 10/21/1999: Initial FDA approval for the treatment of advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women whose disease has progressed following tamoxifen therapy.
- 10/5/2005: Approved for adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor positive early breast cancer who have received two to three years of tamoxifen and are switched to AROMASIN for completion of a total of five consecutive years of adjuvant hormonal therapy.
Also known as
- Code name: FCE-24304
- Brand names: Aromadex, Aromasin, Aromex, Xtane