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Who should avoid taking tamoxifen?

Who should avoid taking tamoxifen?

Blood clots: Pts with a history of blood clots and/or a history of abnormal pap smears should not take tamoxifen. If there is a family history of clotting disorders or uterine cancer, tamoxifen should not be used. ...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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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. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to avoid weight gain and hair loss while on tamoxifen ?

Is there anyway to avoid weight gain and hair loss while on tamoxifen ?

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

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Does taking tamoxifen benefit women with cdis?

Does taking tamoxifen benefit women with cdis?

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 more

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Is it possible for me to just stop taking tamoxifen?

Of course: But is it advised by yoiur doctor or not? Please check if it is time to stop or not. If you have received the maximum possible benefit, then you can stop it and you will not have ill effects due to tamoxifen. ...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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Is taking Tamoxifen bad for the kidneys? she has bad kidney thank you

Is taking Tamoxifen bad for the kidneys? she has bad kidney thank you

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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I'm having hot flashes when taking tamoxifen. Is there anything I can do?

I'm having hot flashes when taking tamoxifen. Is there anything I can do?

Yes: Tamoxifen interferes with estrogen action causing hot flashes. Taking estrogen to control hot flashes would defeat the primary reason to take tamoxifen so that is not an option. Some women with hot flashes are helped by taking some antidepressants (ssri). Another option is to try clonidine, a blood pressure medication. Non of these are 100% effective, but some women definitely benefit from them. ...Read more

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