Faslodex is a well known medicine that is also generically known under the name of Fulvestrant. Faslodex is known to block the actions of estrogen in the patient's organism. Several types of Breast Cancer grow the patient's levels of estrogen. Therefore, Faslodex is widely prescribed in the treatment of various types of metastatic Breast Cancer, or to treat postmenopausal women who have not responded very well to a treatment with some other antiestrogen medicine.
Faslodex is a popular medicine that is usually prescribed in the case of patients (women) who are suffering from metastatic Breast Cancer. However, Faslodex may also be prescribed in some other purposes (to treat or to prevent other medical disorders) that have not been listed here.
Before you start using Faslodex, you must tell your personal doctor if you:
- Are also following a treatment with an anticoagulant like warfarin (coumadin);
- Are suffering from a blood clotting or a bleeding disorder;
- Are suffering from liver disease;
- Are suffering from thrombocytopenia (a medical condition in which the patient has extremely low blood levels of platelets);
In these conditions, you might not be allowed to start using Faslodex, or you might have to take in a lower dose of Faslodex. You physician should carefully monitor your treatment with Faslodex.
Faslodex (Fulvestrant) is a category D FDA pregnancy drug. Therefore, a treatment with Faslodex during pregnancy should not harm a growing fetus. However, if you are pregnant or if you are planning to be so soon, you should ask your personal physician if you may (if it is safe to) start taking Faslodex. It has not been clearly determined whether Faslodex's main ingredients are able to pass into the patient's breast milk or not. If you are breastfeeding an infant, you should ask your physician if you can start following a treatment with Faslodex.
You should ask your personal doctor to tell you how you should take Faslodex. If you have other questions you should read the instructions on the Faslodex label, or you should ask a pharmacist, a doctor or a nurse. Faslodex is known to be administered by an intramuscular injection. You will probably be administered Faslodex (Faslodex) though an injection (that should be given by an authorized healthcare provider).However, if you want to inject Faslodex yourself (at home) you should ask your personal physician for detailed and specific instructions regarding where and how you ought to inject Faslodex. If you fail to understand some of your personal physician's instructions, you must not try to inject the medicine. Ask a nurse, a physician or a pharmacist for further explanations.
You should store the prescribed syringes and needles and syringes in a puncture proof container.
Ask your personal doctor to tell you the correct dose of Faslodex that you should use. You must not make any adjustments to this dose without his or her consent. The correct dose of Faslodex is known to vary from one patient to another (it depends on a variety of factors).
If you suspect that you are suffering from an overdose with Faslodex you are probably in need of immediate medical care / attention. You should contact the nearest poison control center as soon as you can. Inform your doctor immediately. However, an overdose of Fulvestrant (Faslodex) should not threaten life. We have no information regarding the average overdose symptoms.
In order to get the proper beneficial effects from your treatment with Faslodex, you should take Faslodex on a regular basis (if possible, at the same time each day). However, if you happen to miss one of your prescribed doses of Faslodex, you should immediately contact your personal doctor and ask him or her for further instructions.
You should stop your treatment with Faslodex and seek immediate medical care if you are experiencing any symptoms of an allergic reaction (such as throat closing, breathing difficulties, hives, swelling of the lips, face, tongue or throat).
Some other, less severe side effects are also more common. You may continue using Faslodex (but you should alert your personal physician) if you are experiencing:
- Constipation or diarrhea;
- Hot flashes;
- Loss of appetite;
- Nausea, abdominal pain or vomiting;
- Swelling or mild pain at the injection site;
- Swelling or water retention;
Some other side effects that have not been mentioned here might also occur in the case of a prolonged treatment with Faslodex. You must inform your personal doctor if you experience anything unusual while taking Faslodex.
Before you start taking Faslodex, you must alert your personal physician if you are also taking warfarin (Coumadin) or other known blood thinners. You should consult with your personal doctor before you start taking any other drugs during your treatment with Faslodex.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Faslodex may also be known as: