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fulvestrant

Pronunciation: ful VES trant

Brand: Faslodex

What is the most important information I should know about fulvestrant?

Multum nopreg

Do not receive fulvestrant if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.

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You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to fulvestrant, or if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Before you receive fulvestrant, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, or thrombocytopenia (a low level of platelets in the blood). Also tell your doctor if you are taking a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your fulvestrant injection.

What is fulvestrant?

Fulvestrant is an anti-estrogen medication. It works by blocking the actions of estrogen in the body. Certain types of breast cancer use estrogen to grow and multiply in the body.

Fulvestrant is used to treat some hormone-related breast cancer. Fulvestrant is also used in postmenopausal women whose breast cancer has progressed after treatment with other anti-estrogen medication.

Fulvestrant may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before I receive fulvestrant?

Multum donot

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to fulvestrant, or if you are pregnant.

To make sure you can safely receive fulvestrant, tell your doctor if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • liver disease;
  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder; or
  • thrombocytopenia (a low level of platelets in the blood).
Multum nopreg

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use fulvestrant if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

Multum nobrfeed

It is not known whether fulvestrant passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using fulvestrant.

How is fulvestrant given?

Fulvestrant is injected into a muscle of your buttock. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection.

Fulvestrant is usually given once every 2 weeks at first, and then once a month. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your fulvestrant injection.

What happens if I overdose?

Since this medication is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid while receiving fulvestrant?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What are the possible side effects of fulvestrant?

Multum emt

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache, back pain;
  • bone pain, joint pain, muscle pain;
  • vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation;
  • weakness, feeling tired;
  • cough, trouble breathing;
  • pain in your arms or legs;
  • hot flashes; or
  • pain where the medicine was injected.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect fulvestrant?

Before you receive fulvestrant, tell your doctor if you are taking a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).

There may be other drugs that can interact with fulvestrant. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about fulvestrant.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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