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Which kind of doctor administers or prescribes tamoxifen?

Which kind of doctor administers or prescribes tamoxifen?

It Depends: It depends on what the tamoxifen is being used to treat. If used to treat breast cancer, it is mostly prescribed by an oncologist. However, tamoxifen can also be used as treatment for severe breast pain/fibrocystic disease, or for breast cancer prevention. In those cases a primary care physician, general surgeon, or gynecologist may prescribe it.

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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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Can my regular doctor prescribe tamoxifen?

Can my regular doctor prescribe tamoxifen?

Yes, but...: I would recommend you see a medical oncologist regarding this medication. These types of physicians prescribe tamoxifen frequently and are most familiar with its use and side effects. So if you encounter a side effect, they will know what to do.

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My doc has prescribed tamoxifen and iui. Why?

My doc has prescribed tamoxifen and iui. Why?

Increases fertility: Tamoxifen will increase your fsh and lh wihich will increase your fertility. That increases the chances that your IUI will be successful. Be aware that if you are a woman, you will likely get some pretty nasty menopausal symptoms while you are taking taxmoxifen. Once you get pregnant, you need to stop taking it. Discuss all of this with your doctor!

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Why would my doctor tell me to avoid tamoxifen?

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.

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Can any doc tell me what's DMSO and tamoxifen and why is it used in cancer research?

Can any doc tell me what's DMSO and tamoxifen and why is it used in cancer research?

Be discerning: DMSO is an industrial solvent that has been used in mostly-bogus cancer treatment by "independent thinkers"; lately some related molecules have attracted some interest. Tamoxifen has been an established treatment for hormone-sensitive cancers for decades.

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My doctor switched me from Clomid (clomiphene) to tamoxifen. Is there the same increased chance for multiples with the tamoxifen?

My doctor switched me from Clomid (clomiphene) to tamoxifen. Is there the same increased chance for multiples with the tamoxifen?

Difficult to tell: Tamoxifen works very similarly to clomid (clomiphene). Because there is not a lot of published research on tamoxifen, it is difficult to compare the multiple birth rates. If you are 41 you indicated above, it is not a bad idea to see a specialist and consider more potent medications. Multiple births are not particularly common in 41 year olds, but pregnancy rates are lower.

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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?

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.

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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.

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I'm 77, a male, diagnosed with gynecomastia, (non-cancerous, tender lump size of walnut under one nipple). Doctor wants to start tamoxifen. Is this necessary?

I'm 77, a male, diagnosed with gynecomastia, (non-cancerous, tender lump size of walnut under one nipple). Doctor wants to start tamoxifen. Is this necessary?

Autonomy rules: If you are very sure this isn't male breast cancer (i'm going to assume it was biopsied), and it doesn't bug you, you're within your rights to have it left alone. You can also get with a surgeon and have the thing out in the office. Truth be told, I'm wondering whether communications may have broken with with your own physician & if it's not time just this once for a 2nd opinon just for this reasn.

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What kind of medication would a doctor prescribe to a 20 year old student to relax?

What kind of medication would a doctor prescribe to a 20 year old student to relax?

Depends: A cause needs to be found. That's called making a diagnosis. It could be normal life stress or a pathologic condition. This is where your doctor comes in. Once you've determined the cause of your inability to relax, then appropriate treatment will follow.

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What kind of cream/oil for stretch marks can doctors prescribe? Also who treats this?

What kind of cream/oil for stretch marks can doctors prescribe? Also who treats this?

Stretch marks: Did these develop as you gained weight? Where are the stretch marks? Do you have any ongoing medical conditions other than stretch marks? Your doctor should be able to examine you and suggest management. Different doctors prescribe different medicines.

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Is the kind of methamphetamine doctors sometime prescribe, the same stuff people cook up illegally?

Is the kind of methamphetamine doctors sometime prescribe, the same stuff people cook up illegally?

Related but not same: The meds like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) are a complex blend of several amphetamine salts that are produced with a reliable purity and strength. While similar in basic structure to "cooked" material, the production controls and blending process is where the similarity ends.

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What type of medication will the doctor prescribe to deliver stillbirth?

What type of medication will the doctor prescribe to deliver stillbirth?

Stillbirth: There are different medications that are given to induce delivery of a still birth. The choices are based upon the gestational age at the time of diagnosis. Usually a combination of prostaglandin and Pitocin (oxytocin) medications are used. Sometimes laminaria are also used. Your physician and institution have protocols that are set up specifically for these situations.

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Which type of medication will my doctor prescribe for my ocd?

Which type of medication will my doctor prescribe for my ocd?

Probably an SSRI: Most commonly, doctors prescribe ssri antidepressant medications for ocd, although these have mixed effectiveness. Anafranil (clomipramine) is another med that has been shown effective but because of side effect risks most primary care docs do not like to prescribe this one.

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Please suggest what type of exam do doctors need to do to prescribe birth control?

Please suggest what type of exam do doctors need to do to prescribe birth control?

Gyne exam: In sexually active, or previously sexually active women, gynecologists will usually perform a pelvic exam with PAP smear. Virginal women are usually soared a speculum exam.

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What type of medicine would a doctor prescribe for a mental patient with hallucinations?

What type of medicine would a doctor prescribe for a mental patient with hallucinations?

Antipsychotics: Somone suffering from a mental illness causing hallucinations would often be prescribed antipsychotics. But, this person should have a thorough evaluation as many medical conditions can also cause hallucinations.

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