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Dr. Sean Canale
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Tamoxifen (Definition)

This medication is used to: treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body in men and women. Treat early breast cancer in women who have already been treated with surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Reduce the risk of developing a more serious type of breast cancer in women who have had ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis; a type of breast cancer ...Read more


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What are the long term side effects of a 55 yo man using tamoxifen? No history of blood clots, on lovaza 4g/day. I have no obvious symptoms from taking it.

What are the long term side effects of a 55 yo man using tamoxifen? No history of blood clots, on lovaza 4g/day. I have no obvious symptoms from taking it.

Hmm...off-label use?: Tamoxifen is fda-approved for use in breast cancer, most commonly in women. So all the known side effects are described for women, not men. Check out www.Epocrates.Com & www.Drugs.Com for info on any given drug, tamoxifen included. The list of potential side effects is pretty long so you want to be sure that you really need this medication and that desired benefit exceeds potential risk. ...Read more

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I have been on tamoxifen for almost five years. My ankle is very sore and a bit swollen. Am a 51 year old female. Should I be concerned of blood clot?

Yes: Tamoxifen while use in ER+ patients is an excellent anti-estrogen blocking the receptors for allowing cell proliferation acts elsewhere as an estrogen. It is known to cause blot clots in the legs of some patients and endometrial profiferation in others that can lead to endometrial Ca. You should probably have been taking some mild bold thinners and notify your physician about the swelling. ...Read more

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Should I talk with my doctor about tamoxifen if my blood work comes out high in estrogen next week and would tamoxifen reduce some very minor gyno?

Should I talk with my doctor about tamoxifen if my blood work comes out high in estrogen next week and would tamoxifen reduce some very minor gyno?

What's going on?: Why are you, a young guy, 20 years old, being tested? What's going on? Tamoxifen is only indicated in some types of breast cancers in males and females. There is no other reason for a guy to take it. Off label use has been done for ovarian cancer and female infertility. Talk to your doc about what your treatment options are, and I doubt tamoxifen will be one of them, if you don't have breast ca. ...Read more

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Just had my 4th blood test for elevated AST & ALT since 3/13. Alt 101. Ast 58. 3 yrs from breast cancer &on tamoxifen. Shd i be getting some tests?

Just had my 4th blood test for elevated AST & ALT since 3/13. Alt 101. Ast 58. 3 yrs from breast cancer &on tamoxifen. Shd i be getting some tests?

Hard to tell: ..With the info provided. Are they high but stable or are they progressively going up? What other meds you take? Any concerning symptom? In a way, you are getting tests, your doc has opted to follow up your lfts periodically. I think you need to voice your concerns to him/her so that he/she goes over this and the future plan of attack. Best to you. ...Read more

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Can I donate blood while taking daypro?

Yes: It is an nsaid. Only Aspirin and aspirin-containing medications are a problem. ...Read more

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Will I be able to donate blood while taking lysteda?

Will I be able to donate blood while taking lysteda?

Possibly: Because of its impact on blood clotting, you should ask the Red Cross directly, even though I did not find it on its deferral list of medications, since it is relatively new: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Good luck! ...Read more

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Can i donate blood while taking tramadol extended release?

Probably Not: Ideally, blood donors are not on any prescription meds that could potentially cause problems or interactions with the recipient. ...Read more

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Can you donate blood if you are taking glutathione or other food supplements?

Can you donate blood if you are taking glutathione or other food supplements?

Yes you can: I would be careful about donating blood if i was taking medicines that might not be right for the person receiving your blood, but it you are taking supplements then the person receiving your blood may get the added benefits of what you are taking, a nice bonus! ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more