1 What is Faslodex?

Brand: Faslodex

Generic: Fulvestrant

Faslodex is an oral selective Estrogen receptor modulator used for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer in patients who have already stopped menstruating. This drug blocks the effects of the Estrogen hormone in the body. Estrogen promotes the growth of breast tumors.

This drug requires a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Faslodex, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider.

Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.

  • Studies in children regarding the correlation of age to the effects of Fulvestrant injection have not been performed while safety and efficacy have not been established.
  • Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of fulvestrant injection. Adjustments in the elderly may be required since they are more likely to have age-related liver problems.
  • Risks to fetuses have been reported in studies of pregnant women but these may be outweighed by the benefits of therapy in a life threatening situation or a serious disease.
  • Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding. Discuss with your healthcare professional about potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or non-prescription drugs. Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects.

Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as bleeding problems, thrombocytopenia, or liver disease.

3 Proper Usage

To use Faslodex correctly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.

Cancer drugs are very strong and can have many side effects. Discuss with your healthcare professional about the risks and benefits of taking this drug.

This drug must be taken exactly as directed by your healthcare professional. You will receive this drug while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. A trained health professional will give you this drug.

This drug is administered intramuscularly as a shot into one of your buttocks muscles. This drug needs to be given on a fixed schedule.

Call your healthcare professional if you miss a dose.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Faslodex, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor.

Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness and unwanted effects of the drug. Unwanted effects can be screened by blood tests.  Postmenopausal women are unlikely to become pregnant.

This drug has Teratogenic potential and it is recommended to use an effective form of birth control to prevent any pregnancy from happening. Inform your healthcare professional immediately if you think you have become pregnant while using the drug.

You may experience vaginal bleeding during the initial stages of therapy with this drug. This drug can cause nausea or vomiting, even after receiving drugs to prevent it.

Consult with your healthcare professional if you have nausea and vomiting after receiving this drug.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Faslodex.

Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:

  • bloating, swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
  • rapid weight gain
  • tingling of the hands or feet
  • unusual weight gain or loss
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in the chest
  • wheezing
  • black, tarry stools
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • cough
  • fever
  • flushing or redness of the skin
  • hives or welts
  • itching
  • large
  • hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • pain in the chest, groin, or legs, especially the calves
  • painful or difficult urination
  • severe and sudden headache
  • skin rash
  • slurred speech
  • sore throat, sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • sudden loss of coordination
  • sudden and severe weakness or numbness in the arm or leg
  • sudden unexplained shortness of breath
  • swollen glands
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vaginal bleeding
  • or vision changes

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear.

Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional.

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