can cause serious or even fetal health problems in cancer patients who are suffering from bleeding disorders,
liver disease, thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) or breastfeeding patients. If you have a history of any of these diseases
it is very important to tell your oncologist before the treatment.
Fulvestrant is a drug that is used to treat women’s breast cancer that is hormone receptor
positive. This type of breast cancer requires estrogen to
grow. It is also used for women who have gone through menopause,
and have not had success with other cancer fighting anti estrogen medications. Fluvestrant is considered an estrogen receptor antagonist; it helps to stop
the growth of new tumors that are found in breast tissue.
The medication may also be recommended for other
medical conditions; talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Fulvestrant is a liquid solution, which is intended for intramuscular injection into the buttocks
muscle. Only a qualified doctor or nurse is recommended to give this
injection. Consult your health care provider as to if you will get
your dose once a month, or if it will be divided into two doses. If by
any chance you miss a dose, it is best to get the injection as soon as possible.
store Fulvestrant at
room temperature (15-25 ° C), away from light, moisture and heat above 40 ° C. Fulvestrant 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.
Fulvestrant is dangerous. In fact, even at normal dose, Fulvestrant 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.
is important to
take the medication as prescribed. The medication is taken once a month; chance of missing
dose is very low.
There are several contraindications that Fulvestrant can
cause, but the leading and most important one is allergy. It is
vital that you notify your prescribing doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to this
medication. It is very important to give a detailed health
history to your physician including, all allergies to drugs, foods, and any seasonal allergies you may
have. As well as any liver diseases you have or have had or any
bleeding disorders you have or have had in the past. If you are
taking a blood thinner, make sure you doctor is aware of this, the dose of Fulvestrant may need to be
It is extremely important
that you know if you are pregnant while taking this medication.
This drug has been linked to fetal harm. It is advised that all
patients take a pregnancy test, even if they have gone through menopause, to make sure they are not
pregnant. It is also advised to not breast feed while taking this
medication as well, because it can enter the breast milk.
If you experience any
shortness of breath, chest pain, or swelling of the face while talking this medication, alert your doctor
immediately. If there is an overdose, paramedics should be notified immediately.
Keeping all of your
appointments with your doctor is strongly advised while taking this medication. Never just stop this medication because you feel better. Speak with your doctor about any concerns you have while taking
Interactions: There are no dietary restrictions with
Fulvestrant. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you can go on
eating your normal diet. Howver, before starting the
treatment tell your doctor about all medications you are taking, whether prescription or non prescription.
Talk to your doctor before taking vitamins and nutritional supplements. Some drugs such as anticoagulants (blood
thinners) and warfarin (Coumadin) can cause health problems when they are combined with
Fulvestrant may cause these following side effects:
- hair loss
nausea and vomitting
constipation or diarrhea
insomnia or trouble sleeping
impotence (erectile dysfunction)
swollen or tenderness of breasts
feeling of fullness in abdomen
Flu-like symptoms such as runny nose, headache, fatigue, and sore throat
Although rare, this medication cancer patients can experience serious adverse reactions which require
immediate medical care:
severe depression symptoms
shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
pain or tenderness in the stomach
severe 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
swelling of face, fingers, feet or lower legs
bluish lips, fingernails, or palms Hand
Bloody or dark urine
numbness, tingling, pain or weakness in hands, arms, legs or feet