Farestonand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Toremifene Citrate
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Fareston Drug Information
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Fareston Drug Information
Toremifene is used in postmenopausal women to treat breast cancer. It is usually used to treat cancer that needs estrogen, a female hormone, in order to grow (estrogen-receptor positive). Toremifene is a nonsteroidal antiestrogen that blocks the effects of estrogen in the breast tissue, thereby slowing or stopping the growth of cancer.
Toremifene has caused very serious (possibly fatal) heart rhythm problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, torsades de pointes).fast/irregular heartbeat, seizures, severe dizziness, or fainting. The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may affect the heart rhythm. Before using toremifene, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take (see also Drug Interaction section)certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death). Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using toremifene safely.
How to Use Fareston
Take Fareston by mouth with or without food, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. Dosage of Fareston is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Use Fareston regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using Fareston unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Since Fareston can be absorbed through the skin and lungs, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle Fareston or breathe the dust from the tablets. Inform your doctor right away if your condition worsens (e.g., you get new breast lumps).
Before taking toremifene, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Fareston may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Fareston, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,bone cancer (metastases), blood disorders (e.g., anemia, low platelets), diabetes, history of stroke or other blood clots (e.g., in the legs, lungs), heart disease (e.g., heart attack, irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, liver disease, long periods of sitting or lying down (for example, due to immobility such as being bedridden), uterus problems such as endometrial hyperplasia. Fareston may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). Notify your doctor beforehand if you will be having surgery or will be confined to a chair/bed for a long time (such as on a long plane flight). During pregnancy, toremifene should be used only when clearly needed. It may harm an unborn baby. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor right away. Women of childbearing age should use reliable forms of non-hormonal birth control (such as condoms, diaphragm with spermicide) while using Fareston. Discuss the use of birth control, the risks and benefits of Fareston, and any other concerns about using Fareston with your doctor. It is not known if Fareston passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding is not recommended while using Fareston. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Fareston, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval."blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), estrogens, drugs affecting liver enzymes that remove toremifene from your body (including certain anti-seizure medications such as carbamazepine/clonazepam/phenobarbital/phenytoin, rifampin). Many drugs besides toremifene may affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation), including amiodarone, granisetron, pimozide, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol, and macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), among others.
Fareston Side Effects
What are Fareston side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Fareston may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Fareston as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Fareston
The side effects of Fareston may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Fareston. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Fareston may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Fareston, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Fareston.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Fareston, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Fareston and the side effects associated with Fareston are described in the following:
Common Fareston Side Effects
- abnormal hepatic function tests
- drug-induced hot flash
- vaginal discharge
Less Frequent Fareston Side Effects
- visual field defect
- disorder of cornea
- endometrial hyperplasia
- dry eye
- abnormal vaginal bleeding
Rare or Very Rare Fareston Side Effects
- acute myocardial infarction
- pulmonary thromboembolism
- heart failure
- thrombotic disorder
- drug-induced hepatitis
- prolonged QT interval
- malignant neoplasm of the uterus
- endometrial polyps
- thrombocytopenic disorder
- steatosis of liver
- musculoskeletal pain
- skin inflammation
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Fareston when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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