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Fulvestrant

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Faslodex®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Faslodex®

    Uses
    • It is used to treat breast cancer.
    • Fulvestrant stops estrogen from feeding estrogen-dependent cancer cells. This lowers spread of the cancer.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • It is given as a shot into a muscle once a month.

    Missed Dose

    • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to fulvestrant or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • If you have bleeding problems, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Do monthly breast self-exams and have a gynecologic exam every year.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.

    Side Effects

    • Flushing. Wearing layers of clothes or summer clothes and staying in cool places may help. This most often gets better in a few weeks.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Headache.
    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Back pain.
    • Belly pain.
    • Loose stools (diarrhea).
    • Hard stools (constipation).
    • Pain and irritation where this drug goes into the body.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Weakness, numbness, or tingling.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Swelling, warmth, or pain in the leg or arm.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • Very bad bone, joint, or muscle pain.
    • A lump in the breast or breast soreness.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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