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Estrogen Receptor Antagonist Faslodex® Cancer-related

Fulvestrant - What is it for

Fulvestrant is a hormonal medicine used in advanced breast cancer. It may also be used in combination with other breast cancer medicines e.g. palbociclib, ribociclib.

Fulvestrant - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Fulvestrant cause?

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle, joint, bone and back pain
    May be relieved by taking paracetamol.
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Hot flushes may occur
  • Sore throat
  • Pain at injection site

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Chest pain and rapid, irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling of extremities
  • Cough with difficulty breathing
  • Calf swelling or tenderness or hardness over a vein
  • Other persistent or severe side effects

Before taking Fulvestrant, what precautions must I follow?

Inform your doctor or pharmacist regarding any other medical conditions you have or medicines you are taking e.g. blood thinners.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Fulvestrant?

Fulvestrant - Dosage and How to Use

How should Fulvestrant be used?

It is an injection given at the muscles in the buttocks. When fulvestrant is started, it is given once every 2 weeks for the first 3 doses. After which, it is injected only once a month.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you missed a dose, inform your doctor immediately and arrange for a follow-up as soon as possible.

What should I do if I overdose?

Fulvestrant - Handling

How should I handle Fulvestrant safely?

Fulvestrant - Storage

How should I store Fulvestrant?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.;#Do not freeze.

How should I dispose of Fulvestrant safely?

Fulvestrant - Additional Information

  • Updated on Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

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