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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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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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What are the side effects of tamoxifen?

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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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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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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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 are some side effects when you stop taking nolvadex (tamoxifen) d?

Not that many: let us start with the paradox that stopping seems to work as a cancer therapy ?!? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3180409/?report=classic Then, not blocking female hormones whoe allow these hormones to begin working. Menstrual cycling possibly returning, breast growth pssible (not likely) mood changes. ...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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Am thinking about stopping arimidex (anastrozole) per side effects am 55 yrs old had stg4 brst cancer took tamoxifen 5 yrs ? Is how much estrogen am i producing now

Am thinking about stopping arimidex (anastrozole) per side effects am 55 yrs old had stg4 brst cancer took tamoxifen 5 yrs ? Is how much estrogen am i producing now

Don't Stop: Need more info. If you have stage iv, where is the disease? Is it in the bones or organs? What other meds have you been on?If you're disease is controlled with hormone therapy (arimidex) and you are having side-effects, you should either take an alternative medicine to Arimidex (anastrozole) (famara or aromasin) or take meds to counter the side-effects. ...Read more

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I might have to take tamoxifen (invasive ductal carcinoma-waiting for hormone tests to come back). Wouldn't a hysterectomy accomplish the same thing with fewer side effects?

I might have to take tamoxifen (invasive ductal carcinoma-waiting for hormone tests to come back). Wouldn't a hysterectomy accomplish the same thing with fewer side effects?

Yes: The purpose of taking tamoxifen post resection of invasive breast cancer is to minimize the effect of the bodys estrogen on possible growth factor receptors such as estrogen receptor on.Br Ca Performing a BSO alone or in combination with hysterectomy minimizes levels of estrogen in the host. It also minimizes the effect tamoxifen has acting as an estrogen on the uterus to induce endometrial Ca ...Read more

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My doc want me to take tamoxifen following lumpectomy for b cancer my FSH 28.5 LH 45.2 ostradiol 845 should I take it worried about side effects?

My doc want me to take tamoxifen following lumpectomy for b cancer my FSH 28.5 LH 45.2 ostradiol 845 should I take it worried about side effects?

Likely yes: You are young and likely pre or peri-menopausal so tamoxifen is the drug for you, not one of the aromatase inhibitors. Tam has been in the market for several decades and in general is very safe. Odds of serious problems like uterine cancer or clots are low in younger woman. Discuss your concerns with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Took my first tamoxifen pill yesterday. I am having headaches today could i take aspirin, Advil or tylenol (acetaminophen)? Are headaches one of the side effects?

Took my first tamoxifen pill yesterday.  I am having headaches today could i take aspirin, Advil or tylenol (acetaminophen)?  Are headaches one of the side effects?

Can be: Treat symptoms as you normally would. However, if they continue contact your doctor. Tamoxifen increases risk of blood clot and stroke. Benefit greatly outweighs this risk. ...Read more

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Is tamoxifen needed for dcis that was treated with lumpectomy&radiation? Been on it for 2yrs&have bad side effects. Sonogram showed endometr thickenin

It's risk vs benefit: Tamoxifen drops your risk of developing a new breast cancer in either breast by 1/2. But the absolute benefit is small. You are only 22, so your lifetime risk of having a new breast cancer is higher than if you were 50. Ask your doctor for the numbers (your risk of developing a new breast cancer with or without tamoxifen), and ask about raloxifene, a similar drug. Then make your decision. ...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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Tamoxifin side effects?

Pretty serious: Long term side effects include: various cancers - especially uterine may be more likely. Blood clots in veins and lungs, cataracts, dementia, loss of libido. A long list of proximal side effects can also be quite serious. Get information from your doctor or pharmacist and tell them of any unusual experiences immediately. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How dangerous would it be to stop taking tamoxifin for lcis, i can't take the side effects any longer?

How dangerous would it be to stop taking tamoxifin for lcis, i can't take the side effects any longer?

Good Question: This is a good question for your oncologist. They can provide your odds of problems with and without taking tamoxifin, and the alternatives, usually surgical. ...Read more

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