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  • Generic Name: (fulvestrant)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 08/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Faslodex is a medicine used to treat hormone receptor-positive breast cancer in women who have gone through menopause and whose cancer has spread after treatment with another medicine. Faslodex is also used in combination with another medicine to treat a certain type of breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body in women who have received hormonal therapy. Faslodex is administered intramuscularly (injected into your muscle).

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Hormone receptor-positive breast cancer relies on estrogen to grow and progress. Faslodex works by blocking the effect of estrogen on cancer cells. This may slow the growth of your breast cancer.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: In a clinical study, Faslodex extended the length of time that people lived with breast cancer but it did not get worse.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions.

      How do I know it is working?

      Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: injection-site pain; nausea; bone, joint, back, or muscle pain; headache; tiredness; pain in your arms or legs; hot flashes; vomiting; loss of appetite; weakness; cough; shortness of breath; constipation.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Injection-site related events, including sciatica (pain along the path of the sciatic nerve, typically radiating from the lower back down one or both legs), neuralgia (intense, typically recurrent pain along the course of a nerve), and peripheral neuropathy (weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet).

      Harm to your unborn baby if used during pregnancy. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while receiving Faslodex.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Your healthcare provider will not administer Faslodex to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Faslodex. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems or low platelet (a type of blood cell that forms clots to help stop bleeding) levels in your blood or bleed easily, are taking a blood thinner (such as warfarin), are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Women: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you.

      If you have liver problems, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Your healthcare provider will administer Faslodex to you.

      Your healthcare provider will inject Faslodex into the muscle of your buttock.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      No significant interactions have been reported with Faslodex at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      Faslodex can harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. Women who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with Faslodex and for one year after the last dose. The effects of Faslodex during breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed during treatment with Faslodex and for one year after the last dose. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

      Faslodex may cause fertility problems. Talk to your healthcare provider if you plan to become pregnant.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      Faslodex should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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