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Fareston Patient Information including How Should I Take
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- What is toremifene (Fareston)?
- What are the possible side effects of toremifene (Fareston)?
- What is the most important information I should know about toremifene (Fareston)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking toremifene (Fareston)?
- How should I take toremifene (Fareston)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Fareston)?
- What happens if I overdose (Fareston)?
- What should I avoid while taking toremifene (Fareston)?
- What other drugs will affect toremifene (Fareston)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking toremifene (Fareston)?
You should not use toremifene if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- a history of Long QT syndrome; or
- an uncontrolled electrolyte imbalance (low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood).
To make sure you can safely take toremifene, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- endometrial hyperplasia (overgrowth of cells lining the uterus);
- bone cancer; or
- if you have ever had a blood clot.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use toremifene if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control if you are not past menopause, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether toremifene passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using toremifene.
Taking toremifene may increase your risk of developing endometrial hyperplasia, a condition that may lead to cancer of the uterus. Talk to your doctor about your individual risk.
How should I take toremifene (Fareston)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Toremifene is usually taken once a day. Follow your doctor's instructions.
You may take toremifene with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day.
To be sure this medicine is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Your liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
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