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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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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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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?

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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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 (oxaprozin)?

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?

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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Who is not eligible to donate blood?

Who is not eligible to donate blood?

Here's a good start: It's not complete. For example, when I was a student pilot, I was deferred because of concerns about handling low oxygen. http://www. Redcrossblood. Org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements ...Read more

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Which people are not eligible to donate blood?

Which people are not eligible to donate blood?

Sick: Anybody who is sick or has blood disorder or malignancy they are not eligible for blood donation. ...Read more

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Am I eligible to donate blood? What should I do?

Go to blood bank: At the blood donation center they will screen your eligibility. In my experience, the most frequent reason to be vigilant is iron deficiency -- from frequent blood donation and/or in women coupled with heavy menses or recent childbirth. Oral iron supplements are an easy way to correct this but be sure you know why the iron was low- bleeding from ulcers or polyps or cancers needs exclusion. ...Read more

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Can you donate blood if you have von willebrands?

Can you donate blood if you have von willebrands?

Give blood withCA Hx: Not actually a straight forward answer on this one...Needs to be at least a year since you've been treated, no recurrence, no diagnosis of blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma...Unless you had these as a kid and its been 10 years. Check out the american red cross list of conditions that affect donation...It will be the most helpful. Than get out there and donate! ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to keep calm while I donate blood?

By distraction: You can wear headphones and listen to music, or read (just hard to turn pages), or people watch during the donation. Most people only require 10-15 minutes of actual "needle time" to donate a unit of blood, so you can also think about the 3 people whose lives you are saving with your donation! ...Read more

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Can a 13 year old donate blood?

Can a 13 year old donate blood?

Wait a few years: I am tremendously pleased that you have asked, and hope that when the time comes, it will prove one of the most wonderful events on your passage into adult life. It's still a thrill for me after over 100 units. It's intimate, wonderful, sensual, intense, adult, the perfect mix of pain and pleasure, live-giving -- you'll understand. When the time comes, cherish it. ...Read more

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Can a type 1 diabetic donate blood?

Yes: Diabetes is not a condition that keeps you from donating, though it is important that you eat and monitor your blood sugars prior to donating. Communicable diseases like hiv, hepatitis; foreign travel; or anemia conditions are just a few things that limit people from donating blood. Ask your physician if you are unsure about your ability to donate. ...Read more

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Can a dad donate blood for his baby?

Can a dad donate blood for his baby?

If same blood type: If the dad is the same blood type as the baby, then yes. If the baby is ab, then he/she can get any of the blood types (universal recipient). ...Read more

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What is isadvantage of blood donation?

What is isadvantage of blood donation?

Few if healthy: I am assuming the message reads 'disadvantage'. If so then the disadvantages are: mild pain at the needle site, volume loss replaceable with oral fluids; iron loss replaceable with oral iron supplements. It is the 'gift of life' for the recipients. ...Read more

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I have psoriasis. Can I donate blood?

I have psoriasis. Can I donate blood?

Yes: As long as you are not on medications that would effect the recipient you blood is just as helpful and valuable as anyone else's. Psoriasis itself is not a contraindication to giving blood. ...Read more

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Can I donate blood if I have fissure?

Can I donate blood if I have fissure?

Yes: Anal fissure isn't a problem for donors. Thanks for being willing and hope you recover. ...Read more

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When after smoking can I donate blood?

When after smoking can I donate blood?

Not an problem.: Smoking is not a reason to be rejected for blood donation. However, some people have bad reactions if they smoke right after donating. Waiting 3 hours after donation to smoke seems a common recommendation. Otherwise you might have a drop in blood pressure and faint after donating. ...Read more

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Can a drug user donate blood after used?

Can a drug user donate blood after used?

No: If you mean IV drug use, then the red cross excludes IV drug users since the risk of HIV is higher. ...Read more

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Can a person with ichthyosis donate blood?

Can a person with ichthyosis donate blood?

Possibly: Some blood banks consider icthyosis an autoimmune disease and will not accept your blood. Some banks will not accept your blood if you are on accutane, and varying other medications. I disagree with the autoimmune designation so I would suggest checking out your local blood banks policies as these can vary. Theoretically you should be able to donate blood if you meet certain criteria. ...Read more

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Tried to donate blood couldn't, low iron?

Tried to donate blood couldn't, low iron?

Improve diet, re-try: It is not uncommon for some females to be borderline anemic and/or low iron, depending on menstrual issues and diet choices. If you increase your dark, leafy greens and protein intake for a couple of weeks, you will likely be both a little healthier and able to donate. We need your donation for patients! ...Read more

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Can a person with neutropenia donate blood?

Can a person with neutropenia donate blood?

Not wise: When your body is low on neutrophils you are at increased risk of infection, and this is not a normal state, so it needs evaluated to determine the cause. It may be from some infections, cancers, drug effects, or severe stress. See your dr., get healthy, and then consider donating. ...Read more

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Could I donate blood with a blood disorder?

Could I donate blood with a blood disorder?

Better to avoid: After donating you may develop more problems. Also the receptor may not get the needed constituents of your blood - the cellular part or the plasma part (rich in clotting factors which we needs in special circumstances). Hence it is better to avoid donating ...Read more

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I have hemochromatosis - can I donate blood?

No: Unfortunately, the red cross does not allow this blood to be donated even though there is nothing wrong with the blood. However, certain bacteria thrive on iron and that may be the red cross's rational. ...Read more

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