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Side effects of tamoxifen?

Side effects of tamoxifen?

Several possible: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/therapy/tamoxifen the known, serious side effects of tamoxifen are blood clots, strokes, uterine cancer, and cataracts. Other side effects include menopause-like symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, joint pain, and leg cramps. But, the benefits of tamoxifen as a treatment for breast cancer are firmly established and far outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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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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How can I minimize the side effects of tamoxifen?

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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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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What are the common side effects of tamoxifen?

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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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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Side effects of tamoxifen?

Several possible: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/therapy/tamoxifen the known, serious side effects of tamoxifen are blood clots, strokes, uterine cancer, and cataracts. Other side effects include menopause-like symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, joint pain, and leg cramps. But, the benefits of tamoxifen as a treatment for breast cancer are firmly established and far outweigh the risks. ...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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What side effects are associated with tamoxifen?

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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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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