EffectsTwo studies looked at Faslodex for the treatment of advanced or metastatic breast cancer (cancer that has spread to other parts of the body) in postmenopausal women. These women had cancer that had worsened while they were taking other anti-estrogen medications. In these studies, Faslodex was compared with anastrozole (Arimidex®), another hormonal therapy. Faslodex was shown to be at least as effective as anastrozole in terms of tumor shrinking and survival time.
When and How to Take FaslodexGeneral considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- Faslodex injections are given once a month. Each dose is administered as one or two injections, given in the buttocks.
- Each dose contains a fairly large amount of liquid to be injected, and must be injected very slowly.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing InformationThere is only one recommended dose of Faslodex, regardless of the severity of your cancer, age, or weight.
(Click Faslodex Dosage for more information.)
Side Effects of FaslodexAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with Faslodex. However, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Faslodex include, but are not limited to:
- Hot flashes.
(Click Faslodex Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
You can read about specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles: