Fareston is a nonsteroidal antiestrogen drug made up of toremifene. This medication can be purchased as its brand name of Fareston in 60mg.
This medication is used to treat estrogen-receptor positive cancer, which is cancer that needs estrogen (a female hormone) in order to grow, in women who are post menopause. One of the most common types of cancer in females is breast cancer; this is the main condition Fareston is prescribed to treat. Breast cancer can become fatal if not treated during the early stages.
Fareston works to treat breast cancer by blocking the activity of estrogen in the breast tissue. Since breast cancer is estrogen-receptor positive, it needs estrogen to grow. By blocking the activity of estrogen, it is slowing or stopping the growth of cancer.
This medication may be taken with or without food, by mouth once a day. If these directions are different than those given to you by your doctor; follow your doctors instructions.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit out of it. To ensure you take it regularly, create a routine schedule by taking the pill at the same time every day.
Do not take this medication with grapefruit juice or grapefruit products.
If you have long QT syndrome, an uncontrolled electrolyte imbalance, or allergic to Fareston and its ingredients, you should not take this Fareston; discuss with your doctor about alternative medications.
Fareston may not be safe for you to take if you have endometrial hyperplasia as your condition may worsen and may result in cancer. Speak with your doctor about the benefits and risks.
If you have hypercalcemia, bone cancer or if you have ever had a blood clot, you need to speak with your doctor before using Fareston. You may need a dose adjustment.
Fareston is meant for women who have already gone through menopause. After menopause, you can no longer have children. Pregnant females should not take Fareston; this medication can harm an unborn baby.
It has not been established if this medication passes through breast milk. Avoid breast feeding while on Fareston until you have discussed the benefits and risks with your doctor.
Common side effects of Fareston (toremifene) may include:
sweating, hot flashes; nausea; or vaginal discharge.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Fareston (toremifene) may include:
pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding; slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting, slow breathing (breathing may stop); blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Signs to watch for:
Heart rhythm disorder –headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, a light-headed feeling, like you may pass out, convulsions like a seizure, or fast or pounding heart beat;
Heart attack symptoms--chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating;
High levels of calcium in your blood--nausea, vomiting, constipation, increased thirst or urination, muscle weakness, bone pain, confusion, lack of energy, tired feeling;
Liver problems--loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, tiredness, easy bruising or bleeding, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
Blood clot--sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance, chest pain, wheezing, coughing up blood.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the miss dose as soon as you remember or skip it if your next dose is approaching soon. Do not double up on dosages to make up for a missed dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
Fareston should be stored at room temperature. Protect Fareston from heat, light and moisture. For safety measures, keep out of reach of children and pets.
What is the best dosage to take?
One 60mg pill once a day, daily, taken orally.
Is this safe for kids?
No. This medication should not be used by a person under the age of 18.
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