Tamoxifen is the medication that was clinically tested and approved to restrict the action of estrogen, the female hormone. Due to the fact that excess amounts of estrogen are mainly responsible for development and growth of various types of cancer, the medication is highly potent in blocking this expansion and relieve the symptoms of cancer. Usually, Tamoxifen is used by people affected by breast cancer and those in the risk group of cancer development. Talk to your doctor if you want to get more information concerning off-label uses of the drug.
Precautions and Contraindications
Don’t start taking Tamoxifen in case you have an allergy to any of the components of the drug. Pregnant and breastfeeding women aren’t allowed to administer this medicine due to its possible negative influence on the health of unborn or nursing children. To prevent undesirable pregnancy during the treatment course, your usual birth control pills have to be replaced with non-hormonal ones. Inform your doctor about all the other illnesses and health conditions you have to make sure the therapy would be safe and beneficial for you, mentioning the following:
History of stroke or heart attack;
Increased levels of triglycerides or cholesterol.
Tamoxifen shouldn’t be taken together with blood thinners, such as warfarin, because of the risk of adverse reactions.
How to Take Tamoxifen
The drug has to be taken strictly in accordance with all the recommendations and instructions mentioned on the prescription, label or advised by your medical specialist. The prescribed dose shouldn’t be adjusted on your own, but only after consulting your doctor. Generally, safety instructions for the drug intake differ for patients, as everything depends on the general health condition, individual reactions to the medication, etc. Medical tests may be required during the treatment course.
Take Tamoxifen at the same time every day with or without food. The dose varies for each patient and can be from 20 mg to 40 mg on a regular basis taken for the whole treatment course.
To avoid them you should strictly keep to all the rules of the drug administration. Mild side effects that may be triggered by the drug intake are the following:
Call your doctor once you see the signs of the following severe adverse reactions:
Signs of blood clot in your legs or lungs;
Signs of stroke (sudden weakness or numbness, severe headache, loss of balance, etc.);
New breast lumps;
Unusual vaginal discharge or bleeding;
High levels of calcium in the blood;
Changes in menstrual periods;
Signs of allergic reactions (including difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat, lips, face and tongue);
Liver problems (upper stomach pain, nausea, loss of appetite, etc.)