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Fulvestrant is typically prescribed for postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer that has become worse while taking other hormone treatments. It works by reducing the amount of estrogen, which can then decrease the cancer's growth. The medication is administered as an injection once a month. Potential side effects of fulvestrant include hot flashes, nausea, and weakness.

What Is Fulvestrant?

Fulvestrant (Faslodex®) is a prescription medication used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Specifically, fulvestrant has been licensed to treat postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer that has worsened while taking another breast cancer hormone treatment.
(Click What Is Fulvestrant Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects of Fulvestrant

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with fulvestrant. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. 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 fulvestrant include, but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Fulvestrant to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
You can also read about specific fulvestrant side effects in the following eMedTV articles:
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