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My mother takes Tamoxifen hormones and wants to know how she can lose weight.?

My mother takes Tamoxifen hormones and wants to know how she can lose weight.?

Weight loss: Weight loss is a result of burning more calories than one takes in. This can obviously be affected by factors such as hormones and genetics. Try increasing your exercise and eating 1/3 less of what you currently do to start with! ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Do pre-menopausal women usually gain weight on tamoxifen?

Do pre-menopausal women usually gain weight on tamoxifen?

No: There have been many studies that have compared tamoxifen to placebo, demonstrating its effectiveness treating breast cancer; none of these studies, to my knowledge, ever showed any difference between tamoxifen and placebo regarding weight gain. Nevertheless, as many as 10% of women on tamoxifen do report weight gain. This may be due to post-chemotherapy effects or menopause, as well. ...Read more

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Does tamoxifen cause weight gain?

Does tamoxifen cause weight gain?

Yes: Tamoxifine is a first generation of designer estrogen (i.e., estrogen analogue). All estrogenic compounds may potentially increase weight, but not much. Tamixifene may increase weight of the user by approximately 1 to 2 lbs. Similar effects may also exist with the second generation estrogen agonist/antagonists analogues, such as raloxifine. Weight-gains are lesser than with estrogen compounds. ...Read more

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Do you lose your sex drive on 20 mg of tamoxifen?

Do you lose your sex drive on 20 mg of tamoxifen?

You may: Unfortunately decreased desire for sex is one of the more common side effects of tamoxifen. If it happens, talk to your doctor about options. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take max garcinia burn and pur green coffee for weight loss if I am taking tamoxifen?

Is it ok to take max garcinia burn and pur green coffee for weight loss if I am taking tamoxifen?

Could be problems: Tamoxifen interacts with a lot of prescription drugs and herbs, but I couldn't find the 2 specific herbs which you requested. Discuss with your oncologist, look up what you can in online research. An oriental medical doctor would probably be best qualified to prescribe herbs that slow down cancer growth nd weightgain. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to avoid weight gain and hair loss while on tamoxifen?

Is there anyway to avoid weight gain and hair loss while on tamoxifen?

Hair loss tamoxifen: Tamoxifen related hair loss is androgenetic due to blockade of the female hormones. One of the first steps we have to treat female (or male) pattern hair loss is topical minoxidil. It does not involve any hormones and therefore should not interfere with your treatment of breast cancer. Also, thyroid problems can contribute to hair loss, as can iron deficiency. I suggest having both checked. ...Read more

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Am having a hard time loosing weight on tamoxifen could that be to blame? Currently 1200cal hi protein low fat diet. Not loosing. Any ideas?

Am having a hard time loosing weight on tamoxifen could that be to blame? Currently 1200cal hi protein low fat diet. Not loosing. Any ideas?

It doesn't help: The tamoxifen doesn't help. I would stay with the 1200 calorie diet (track it to be sure that's really your intake). I would then start increasing the exercise. If you are not exercising at all right now then start with walking and maybe strength training. Pilates, yoga and swimming / water aerobics are good options too. ...Read more

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Exercise 6 days/wk consistently x6 months, eat good see a nutritionist tsh normal. No weight loss on tamoxifen can that cause it? Or something else?sugg?

Exercise 6 days/wk consistently x6 months, eat good see a nutritionist tsh normal. No weight loss on tamoxifen can that cause it? Or something else?sugg?

Conflating different: Issues. Weight loss=a function of food choices & quantity vs. metabolic function; eating "good" will tend to prevent body fat loss. Carb foods promote fat storage: LCHF foods: fat loss. TSH of little relevance unless very high or very low. Tamoxifen, promoted for treatment of some breast cancers, is not associated with either fat gain or loss. Study: NuSI.org & my many answers on body fat loss. ...Read more

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Hi. Can tamoxifen have this side effects if uset by male for gyno, water retention, acne and weight gain?

Hi. Can tamoxifen have this side effects if uset by male for gyno, water retention, acne and weight gain?

why use Tamoxifen: Tamoxifen has no serious side effects like you have described. It is very well tolerated drug in general. But who do you have to use it in the first instance? It is only useful for treating breast cancer both in females and in males who suffer from cancer. ...Read more

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Does tamoxifen affect fertility?

Does tamoxifen affect fertility?

Yes: Tamoxifen is most commonly prescribed for the treatment of hormone (+) breast cancer. While tamoxifen may cause birth defects during pregnancy, it actually can increase ovulation, thus increasing fertility. Accordingly, premenopausal women taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment must use (nonhormonal forms of) birth control. ...Read more

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Is letrozole different from tamoxifen?

Is letrozole different from tamoxifen?

Yes: Same general effect — decreases effects of estrogen and improves outcome in er + breast cancer. Mechanism of action (how it works) is different. Letrozole cannot be used in premenopausal women. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of tamoxifen?

Tons: The common ones are bone pain; constipation; coughing; hot flashes; muscle pain; nausea; tiredness; vaginal discharge; weight loss.
Severe ones are even a more comprehensive list — allergic reactions, vaginal bleeding, chest pain, coughing up blood, dark urine, decreased libido and so .... On. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take tamoxifen every other day?

Is it safe to take tamoxifen every other day?

Speak to your doctor: This is not the usual regimen for tamoxifen. It is usually recommended for daily use and intake for the best effect. Was this recommended by your doctor? If so, you need to find out why this deviates from the standard recommendation.
If you are making up your own regimen, please do not proceed until you speak with your physician. ...Read more

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What are the common side effects of tamoxifen?

Menopausal symptoms: The most common side effects of tamoxifen include hot flashes, changes in menstrual period, vaginal dryness, headaches, fatigue, and GI upset. Less common but more serious side effects include blood clots, strokes, uterine cancer, and cataracts. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to stay on tamoxifen for 10 years?

Maybe: Most clinical data has shown benefit of tamoxifen (tam) increasing up to five years. After 5 years it seems to level or possibly even worsen. There may be some cancer cells that not only become resistant but to which tam begins to act as an agonist. That being said there are still the ongoing atlas and atom trials that are trying to get more definite. Another option is ais after 5yrs of tam. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with tamoxifen?

Side effects: Tamoxifen is often used after treatment for breast cancer to help reduce recurrence. It is very helpful and should be taken if needed and recommended. However, it is not w/o side effects which can include increased risk of blood clots, hot flashes, thinning of the bones (osteoporosis) and endometrial hyperplasia/cancer so if you are concerned d/w dr the risk and benefits as pertains to you. ...Read more

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How can I minimize the side effects of tamoxifen?

Talk with your doc: There are means for dealing with menopausal symptoms/hot flashes. Soy use is controversial but some antidepressants can help but be careful as some also inhibit tamoxifen metabolism. Effexor/venlefaxine is the most studied and does not do this. There are some patients who have achieved great relief with alternative therapies such as accupuncture. ...Read more

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Anyone know any sites to buy nolvadex (tamoxifen)?

Anyone know any sites to buy nolvadex (tamoxifen)?

Nolvadex (tamoxifen): Sorry, only by prescription, assuming u care about the quality of the medication. ...Read more

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Why should I not combine sage tablets with tamoxifen?

Why should I not combine sage tablets with tamoxifen?

Unclear: There is very little hard data about sage extract. The online advertisers say that sage is a mild estrogen type extract that helps menopausal symptoms. I am not sure if that claim has been validated. Tamoxifen works by blocking the body's estrogen and "starving" the tumor. If sage actually does work, then it would get in the way of tamoxifen's intended effect. ...Read more

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What is the difference in novedex xt and nolvadex (tamoxifen)?

Novedex vs Nolvadex (tamoxifen): Novedex xt is a product used to increase testosterone & muscle mass; it blocks the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, but apparently does not increase muscle mass. Nolvadex (tamoxifen) is used to treat breast cancer, but it reportedly is used by bodybuilders who use Anabolic steroids to prevent gynecomastia (enlarged breasts due to breast tissue rather than muscle. See following comment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: nolvadex (tamoxifen)?

What is the definition or description of: nolvadex (tamoxifen)?

An anti-estrogen.: Nolvadex or tamoxifen is a serm (selective estrogen receptor modulator) that works as an anti-estrogenic drug and is most commonly used as first line treatment for breast cancer in females and males (1% of breast cancer occurs in males). It is related to the steroid drugs, but absolutely should not be used for body building. ...Read more

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How long does it take before you feel the side effects of tamoxifen?

You may not have : Tamoxifen is well tolerated by most, in estrogen receptor + tive breast cancers will prevent recurrences, immediate reaction can occur but rare, most of the other side effects like hot flashes, thrombo-venous problems, neurological problems may occur slowly but manageable. ...Read more

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I'm having hot flashes when taking tamoxifen. Is there anything I can do?

I'm having hot flashes when taking tamoxifen. Is there anything I can do?

Yes: Tamoxifen interferes with estrogen action causing hot flashes. Taking estrogen to control hot flashes would defeat the primary reason to take tamoxifen so that is not an option. Some women with hot flashes are helped by taking some antidepressants (ssri). Another option is to try clonidine, a blood pressure medication. Non of these are 100% effective, but some women definitely benefit from them. ...Read more

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What is the difference in nolvadex (tamoxifen) and nolvadex (tamoxifen) d?

Check ingredients: As far as I know there is only one Nolvadex (tamoxifen). The chemical ingredient in it is called Tamoxifen which is an anti-estrogen commonly used to treat breast Cancer. ...Read more

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I've missed about a week of my tamoxifen. (restarting today). Should I worry?

Not of serious cons: When used for long term use, some degree of missed dosing is common and it is difficult to say if it make any difference, particularly with drug like tamoxifen which stays in the body for several days after the last dose taken. That said you need to avoid frequent interruptions which can be detrimental. ...Read more

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Using tamoxifen for slight gyno but was wanting to know about male fertiltiy isues?

No worries: Tamoxifen is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (serm). It sits on estrogen receptor but doesn't activate it. Thus, your man boobs should go away w/time. Serms are actually banned & on illegal list in many athletic contests since they can increase pituitary production of lh & fsh, thus stimulating testes to produce more testosterone & sperm. Aromatase inhibitors can also incr t & sperm. ...Read more

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