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Who Should Avoid Taking Tamoxifen
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Women with a history of ductal-carcinoma-in-situ (dcis) may have a 50% reduction in developing a second breast cancer when taking tamoxifen for 5 years ("chemoprevention"). Furthermore, following a lumpectomy, the combination of tamoxifen and radiation therapy may have a decreased risk of cancer recurrence in the affected breast greater than either therapy alone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Without any hx or who she is this answer is a little limited. However, TAMOXIFEN IS NOT KNOWN TO BE TOXIC TO THE KIDNEYS & SHOULD NOT CAUSE RENAL PROBLMES in someone who needs it. There are rare side effects of any medication & Tamoxifen can increase calcium so someone with kidney stones should be monitored. It can also increase blood clotting so someone w a hx of a renal infarct should be careful ...Read more
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