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Fulvestrant

INFORMATION

Uses

Fulvestrant is used in the treatment of breast cancer.

How it works

Fulvestrant works by blocking the action of estrogen on breast cancer cells. This can slow or stop the growth of some breast cancer that need estrogen to grow.

Common side effects

Nausea, Liver enzyme increased, Abdominal pain, Bone pain, Constipation, Cough, Diarrhoea, Headache, Hot flashes, Injection site swelling, Injection site pain, Loss of appetite, Sore throat, Vomiting, Weakness

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Expert advice

  • Fulvestrant should only be taken by women who have undergone menopause and cannot become pregnant.
  • Fulvestrant should be used with caution if you have kidney/liver problems.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any bleeding disorder, decreased platelet count, or are receiving blood-thinning medication (for example, warfarin), as fulvestrant when administered in the muscles of the buttock carries a risk of bleeding.
  • There is a potential risk of thinning or weakening of the bone (osteoporosis) with fulvestrant use. If you experience any such effects, inform your doctor immediately.
  • Fulvestrant use may lead to asthenia (lack or loss of strength and energy). If you experience such symptoms, avoid driving or operating machines.

Frequently asked questions

Fulvestrant

Q.Is fulvestrant an aromatase inhibitor/chemo drug/hormone?
No, fulvestrant belongs to group of medication called as estrogen receptor antagonists. It is a chemotherapeutic drug used for the treatment of breast cancer in women who have attained menopause

Q.What is fulvestrant used for?
Fulvestrant is used in the treatment of breast cancer which has spread locally or to other parts of the body, in women who have attained menopause, and have not responded well to treatment with antiestrogen medications

Q.How is fulvestrant administered?
Fulvestrant is administered by in the muscles of the buttocks, one injection on each side, once a month; this is followed by similar doses at intervals of 2 weeks

Q.Does fulvestrant cause hair loss?
Fulvestrant has not been reported to cause hair loss.


Content on this page was last updated on 25 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)