Fulvestrant
Trade Name: FULVIDAX

Chemocare.com uses generic names in all descriptions of drugs. Faslodex is the trade name for fulvestrant. In some cases, health care professionals may use the trade name faslodex when referring to the generic drug name fulvestrant.

Drug type: Fulvestrant is a hormone therapy. It fights cancer as an "estrogen receptor downregulator." (For more detail see "How this drug works," below).

What this drug is used for:
  • To treat estrogen receptor positive metastatic breast cancer (cancer that has spread) in postmenopausal women, with disease progression following antiestrogen therapy.

Note: If a drug has been approved for one use, physicians may elect to use this same drug for other problems if they believe it may be helpful.

How this drug is given:
  • As an injection into the muscle (intramuscular, IM).
  • Fulvestrant is usually given as a once a month injection. Your doctor will determine any variations to this dosing or schedule.

Side effects:
Important things to remember about the side effects of fulvestrant :
  • Most people do not experience all of the side effects listed.
  • Side effects are often predictable in terms of their onset and duration.
  • Side effects are almost always reversible and will go away after treatment is complete.
  • There are many options to help minimize or prevent side effects.
  • There is no relationship between the presence or severity of side effects and the effectiveness of the medication.

The following side effects are common (occurring in greater than 30%) for patients taking fulvestrant:
  • None occurring greater than 30%

These side effects are less common side effects (occurring in about 10-29%) of patients receiving fulvestrant:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Hot flashes (see sexuality)
  • Sore throat (pharyngitis, see cold symptoms)
  • Headache
  • Bone pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Injection site reaction with mild temporary pain and swelling at the site.
  • Cough