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Faslodex


Generic Name: Fulvestrant (fool-VES-trant)
Brand Name: Faslodex

Faslodex is used for:

Treating certain types of advanced breast cancer in women after menopause who have not responded well to other medicines (eg, antiestrogen drugs) or therapy. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Faslodex is an estrogen receptor antagonist. It works by blocking estrogen from tumors that need estrogen to grow.

Do NOT use Faslodex if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Faslodex
  • you are pregnant
  • you are taking an anticoagulant (eg, warfarin, heparin)
  • you have low blood platelet levels or a history of bleeding or blood clotting problems

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Faslodex :

Some medical conditions may interact with Faslodex . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Faslodex . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, heparin, warfarin) because risk of bleeding may be increased by Faslodex

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Faslodex may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Faslodex :

Use Faslodex as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Faslodex is usually administered as an injection at your doctor"s office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using Faslodex at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • If Faslodex contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Faslodex , contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Faslodex .

Important safety information:

  • Faslodex may cause dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Faslodex . Using Faslodex alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks
  • Avoid becoming pregnant while you are using Faslodex . Your doctor should make sure that you are not pregnant before you begin using Faslodex .
  • Use Faslodex with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Faslodex if you are pregnant. If you suspect that you could be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. It is unknown if Faslodex is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Faslodex .

Possible side effects of Faslodex :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Abnormal skin sensations; anxiety; back, bone, joint, or pelvic pain; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; hot flushes; increased cough; loss of appetite; nausea; pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; sleeplessness; sore throat; stomach pain; sweating; vomiting; weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; depression; fever or chills; frequent or painful urination; mental or mood changes; pain, redness, or tenderness in the legs; persistent sore throat; persistent vaginal bleeding; severe tiredness or weakness; shortness of breath; swelling of the hands or feet.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Faslodex :

Store Faslodex in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C), in the original carton. Do not freeze. Keep this medicine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Faslodex , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Faslodex is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Faslodex . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.




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