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Doctor insights on: Raloxifene Vs Tamoxifen

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What's the cost of tamoxifen or raloxifene?

What's the cost of tamoxifen or raloxifene?

I know tamoxifen is: Very cheap; I do not know raloxifene's cost, but it is less likley to cause bony demineralization, but is not as "tested" as tamoxifen as an anti-estrogen. ...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


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If your gynemostia is idiopathic would taking tamoxifen or raloxifene be harmful?

If your gynemostia is idiopathic would taking tamoxifen or raloxifene be harmful?

Most prefer surgery: Whatever your age, most men with gynecomastia prefer surgery, which is effective, definitive and easy. I'll trust this is not pseudogynecomastia and that your thyroid and liver are in good working order. Tamoxifen is acceptable if for some reason surgery isn't right foryou. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take evista (raloxifene) after five years of tamoxifen and five years of aromasin?

Is it safe to take evista (raloxifene) after five years of tamoxifen and five years of aromasin?

Maybe. Continued: ... Aromasin, which prevents the formation of estrogen, is effective in reducing the risk of recurrence of breast cancer, but after 5 years, you are very likely to have sustained bone loss due to its effect. Evista (raloxifene) will arrest bone loss, and certainly is very unlikely to increase the risk of breast cancer, but it has never been studied as an advujant preventative like tamoxifen and aromasin. ...Read more

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Can tamoxifen or raloxifene reduce male breasts (gynemostia)?

Can tamoxifen or raloxifene reduce male breasts (gynemostia)?

No.: Male breast enlargement at age 79 is usually due to weight gain and decreasing testosterone, not excess estrogens. Anti-estrogen drugs are not indicated, but full endocrine work up can eliminate hormonal concerns. Gynecomastia is treated with plastic surgery to excise any glandular component (very fibrotic) and liposuction for fatty components. Large breast may require skin removal and tailoring. ...Read more

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Is evista (raloxifene) as effective as tamoxifen in reducing breast cancer?

Is evista (raloxifene) as effective as tamoxifen in reducing breast cancer?

Yes (and no): The study of tamoxifen and Raloxifene (star) trial compared the effectiveness of these two drugs in the prevention of breast cancer and found them to be equally effective, with a 50% reduction in invasive breast cancer as compared to placebo. However, only tamoxifen reduced the rate of carcinoma in situ (dcis, lcis). ...Read more

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Strontium ranelate, tamoxifen, raloxifene - are the side effects the same regarding dvt, heart attacks etc &which would offer more protection for bone?

Strontium ranelate, tamoxifen, raloxifene - are the side effects the same regarding dvt, heart attacks etc &which would offer more protection for bone?

Raloxifene: Of all the products you mentioned, Raloxifene has the most well established record and is fda approved to improve bone density. Unfortunately, its ability to do so appears weaker than bisphosphanate products, teriparitide (forteo) of prolia. The other products you mentioned are not fda approved bone building products. Strontium is not available in the us as an anti-osteoporotic agent. ...Read more

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Switched frm tamoxifen to arimadex dr ordered 1000 mg of ca what is difference between ca citrate n iron shell ca both have D3 ; citrate also has k?

Switched frm tamoxifen to arimadex dr ordered 1000 mg of ca what is difference between ca citrate n iron shell ca both have D3 ; citrate also has k?

Robin,: Calcium citrate does not have potassium; calcium carbonate doesn't either. Some people tolerate one better than the other, they are equivalent in my view. ...Read more

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How much tamoxifen is recommended?

How much tamoxifen is recommended?

Once per day: Tamoxifen is most commonly used to treat breast cancer. The dose is (usually) 20mg per day and taken for 5 years. This medication is also used for people considered "high risk" for breast cancer to help decrease their risk of developing it in the future.
I recommend you speak with your oncologist about specific recommendations for your case. ...Read more

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What are the common benefits of tamoxifen?

What are the common benefits of tamoxifen?

Kill cancer cells: Tamoxifen is a very effective chemotherapeutic agent to treat breast cancers that have the estrogen receptor. Tamoxifen may also be prescribed to prevent breast cancer in high-risk women: a 5-yr regimen may reduce the lifetime risk of breast cancer by 50%. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: tamoxifen?

Please describe the medication: tamoxifen?

Tamoxifen: Treats advanced breast cancer in men and women, and early breast cancer in women. Also may prevent breast cancer in women who are at a high risk because of age, family history, or other factors. ...Read more

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What are the common risk factors for taking tamoxifen?

What are the common risk factors for taking tamoxifen?

Side effects?: The most experienced side effects of all hormonal therapy are menopausal symptoms (ie.Hot flashes, etc). There is a small increased risk of blood clots similar to hormone replacement therapy, in women with an intact uterus, there can be irreg bleeding and thickening of the uterine wall. If ignored this can rarely progress to uterine cancer that can be cured with a hysterectomy. ...Read more

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What exactly is tamoxifen therapy?

Anti-estrogen: Tamoxifen is a molecule that can attach to estrogen receptors (sticky hands on cells that like estrogen). If estrogen (female hormone) binds these receptors it typically causes growth/ turn cell on. Tamoxifen mimics estrogen but can have the opposite effect, hence anti-esteogen. Tamoxifen by attachment can turn cells off (in some breast cells) or turn cell on (in uterus). ...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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Does tamoxifen treat gynecomastia?

Does tamoxifen treat gynecomastia?

Probably Not...: Much will depend on your specific situation and on your own physician's thoughts after physical examination. I have found that gynecomastia, if persistent, is often best treated with partial excision of the prominent glandular tissue as well as liposuction surgery of the peripheral chest area. ...Read more

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Does taking tamoxifen really benefit dcis?

Does taking tamoxifen really benefit dcis?

Yes, for ER+ DCIS: The addition of tamoxifen to surgery and radiation therapy for dcis significantly reduced the risk of invasive cancer on the same beast by 40 % and risk for in situ breast cancer on the other breast by 60 percent. ...Read more

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Is tamoxifen the same as aromatase inhibitor?

Is tamoxifen the same as aromatase inhibitor?

No: Tamoxifen belongs to a class of drugs called selective estrogen receptor modulators (serms). It works by blocking the binding of estrogen to estrogen receptors, thus disabling hormone-sensitive breast cancer cells. Aromatase inhibitors block the conversion of androgens to estrogens, effectively removing estrogen from the body (in postmenopausal women). ...Read more

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Why would my doctor tell me to avoid tamoxifen?

Risks vs. Benefits: Tamoxifen is a very effective drug for the prevention and treatment of hormone-sensitive breast cancer. However, like all medications, there are small risks associated with tamoxifen, including a risk of blood clots, stroke, uterine cancer, and cataracts. I would suspect that your dr. Felt that the risks outweighed the benefits in your case or that your cancer was not sensitive to tamoxifen. ...Read more

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What is USP tamoxifen citrate commonly used for?

Endocrine therapy.: Tamoxifen is most commonly prescribed for the treatment of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, typically in women diagnosed prior to menopause. It may also be used to prevent breast cancer in high-risk patients. Following menopause, a class of drugs very similar to tamoxifen, called aromatase inhibitors, are preferentially used for breast cancer treatment rather than tamoxifen. ...Read more

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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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What are the ocular side effects of the tamoxifen?

What are the ocular side effects of the tamoxifen?

Cataracts: Cataracts are the most known but any visual changes should be brought to your physician's attention and seek a professional eye evaluation if necessary. ...Read more

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Is there a natural fruit that can act like tamoxifen?

Yes: It is not a fruit, but in europe, quercetin is used instead of tamoxifen in some areas. Quercetin is a supplement that blocks estrogen receptors and blocks allergy reactions too. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink green tea while taking tamoxifen?

Is it okay to drink green tea while taking tamoxifen?

Yes- may help!: There are no known adverse interactions between green tea and tamoxifen. Green tea has powerful anti-cancer properties. There is some research that even suggests that the benefits of tamoxifen are enhanced by taking green tea. See http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/16785249. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ativan (lorazepam) with tamoxifen?

Is it safe to take ativan (lorazepam) with tamoxifen?

Call doctor: This is better addressed by your medical oncologist and your pharmacist.
It also depends on your other medications. ...Read more

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Is nolvadex (tamoxifen) legal to buy without a prescription?

Is nolvadex (tamoxifen) legal to buy without a prescription?

Nolvadex (tamoxifen): Also called tamoxefin, is a medicine used to treat some forms of breast cancers. It is thru prescription only. ...Read more

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Can I take supplements such as kelp while taking tamoxifen?

Yes, but why: Why are you taking supplements in the first place. Try good, healthy nutritional food. You won't need supplements. ...Read more

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How effective is nolvadex (tamoxifen) for reducing libido in men?

Unlikely to be: First, Nolvadex (tamoxifen) should not be used in men we have no studies on the possible side effects. It blocks estrogen receptors and is unlikely to affect libido in men. ...Read more

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Are nolvadex (tamoxifen) pills used to build muscle? Are they safe?

Are nolvadex (tamoxifen) pills used to build muscle? Are they safe?

No, not at all: Nolvadex, also called tamoxifen is an anticancer drug used to treat patients who have breast cancer. It does not help build muscles! ...Read more

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Can you have a reduced count of leukocytes with nolvadex (tamoxifen)?

Can you have a reduced count of leukocytes with nolvadex (tamoxifen)?

Usually not: Decreased leukocytes is not usually seen with nolvadex/tamoxifen. This is a common side effect of chemotherapy. I recommend you speak with your oncologist. ...Read more

Dr. Jacob Udell
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Raloxifene (Definition)

The medication is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (serm). The medication is used in menopausal patients to address the issue of osteoporosis or brittle bones. It also is used for invasive ...Read more


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Evista (Definition)

Evista is a metabolic agent which is a kind of ...Read more