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Faslodex ( Fulvestrant Injection)

Warning: Faslodex can cause fetal harm when given to a pregnant woman. Women should not become pregnant during the treatment as potential hazard to the fetus. The medication can also cause serious health problems to cancer patients with liver disease or a bleeding disorder.

 

Indication: Faslodex is a drug used for breast cancer and is given to women who have gone through menopause.  It is prescribed to patients who have experienced a spread of the cancer in other parts of their body and for patients who did not have a favorable response to other cancer drugs.  Breast cancer growth is connected to the existence of estrogen, which produces a chemical that the cells feed off of.  Because cancer cells grow at a more rapid rate than normal cells, this drug is prescribed in an effort to block estrogen from the cancer cells.  Patients on the drug have shown a slower cancer growth. 

The side effects for this drug are many and can include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, appetite loss, aches and pains, and exhaustion. The drug is given through an injection and common effects of the injection may include redness, pain, and even some swelling where the needle pierced the skin.  Some side effects may be addressed through dietary or exercise changes and you should consult your doctor for advice.  If you experience more severe symptoms such as numbness in your hands or feet, pain in the lower region of the torso, vaginal bleeding, frequent or painful urination, mood changes involving depression symptoms, anxiety, or irritability, you should call your doctor and report it immediately.

 

Dosage: The only way to take Faslodex is through the buttock muscle in an injection and the first three injections are usually given every two weeks.  A monthly injection is administered from then on to maintain the drug in the body.  

Before taking the medication, make sure it is in good quality. Faslodex solution comes as a thick, transparent, colorless or turning yellow substance. Before injecting it, check whether it retains its color. Regardless the circumstances, do not use the drug if it is cloudy or discolored. In addition, avoid using Faslodex if you realize there particles floating in the content.  

Storage:  store Faslodex at room temperature (15-25 ° C), away from light, moisture and heat above 40 ° C. Faslodex and all other medications should not be used beyond the expiration date printed on the container. Keep the medication out of the reach of children.  

Overdose:  high or/and long term Faslodex overdose can be dangerous. In fact, even at normal dose, Faslodex can lead to a decrease in white blood cells or in platelets that can cause serious infections. If you take an overdose, contact your doctor or poison control center nearest you to reduce or prevent complications. All chemotherapy drugs can lead to death when they are overdosed.  

Missing dose: it is important to do  your best to take the medication as recommended by your doctor or pharmacist; and this is important not only for faslodex but all other drugs  . Faslodex is taken once a month; chance of missing dose is very low. 

Contraindications:   Faslodex has been reported as causing miscarriage and fetal problems, and therefore, should not be taken by women who are pregnant.  No information is available as to whether this drug can be transferred to a baby through breast milk so it is also advised that nursing women do not take this drug.

 

This drug should also not be taken if you are currently taking a blood thinner, are experiencing bleeding issues, or have a low platelet count in your blood.

 

Interactions:   This drug should not be taken with any drug containing estrogen as the estrogen drug will counteract it.  It is vital to give your doctor a list of any herbal treatments, herbs, non-prescription medications and prescribed medications that you are taking, as some drugs and herbs can have a negative impact on the effectiveness of this drug.  Alcohol is also not recommended if you are taking this drug.  Only stop taking this drug at the advice of your doctor and report any missed doses immediately. 

 

Side effects:  Faslodex may cause one or many of the following side effects in cancer patients:   

  • hair loss 
  • headache 
  • mouth sores 
  • nausea and vomitting 
  • constipation or diarrhea 
  • decreased appetite 
  • insomnia (trouble sleeping) 
  • flushing 
  • dizziness 
  • erectile dysfunction 
  • swollen or tenderness of breasts 
  • feeling of fullness in abdomen 
  • dry mouth 
  • Flu-like symptoms 

See your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:  

  • nervousness 
  • confusion 
  • severe depression symptoms 
  • chest pain 
  • shortness of breath  
  • pain or tenderness in the stomach 
  • dizziness or fainting 
  • unusual bleeding or bruising 
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes 
  • persistent hoarseness or cough 
  • chest tightness or wheezing 
  • stools containing blood or blackish stools
  • pain in lower back or side 
  • numbness, pain or weakness in hands, arms, legs or feet 
  • skin rash 
  • swelling of face, fingers, feet or lower legs 
  • bluish lips, fingernails, or palms Hand 
  • Bloody or dark urine