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What is Tamoxifen used for?

Tamoxifen is an anti-estrogen medication used in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. This medication treats breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Tamoxifen blocks the action of estrogen in the breast tissue. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Tamoxifen?

The dosage of Tamoxifen prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Tamoxifen can be taken by mouth with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Tamoxifen?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Tamoxifen medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Tamoxifen?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Tamoxifen, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Tamoxifen?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Tamoxifen.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Tamoxifen, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Tamoxifen can interact with blood thinners.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Tamoxifen?

Like other medicines, Tamoxifen can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Tamoxifen are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Tamoxifen cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Tamoxifen develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Tamoxifen can cause side effects such as nausea, hair thinning, hot flashes, and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Tamoxifen.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Tamoxifen?

Is it possible for me to take Tamoxifen with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Tamoxifen?
What are the possible drug interactions of Tamoxifen?
How will Tamoxifen work in my body?
How should Tamoxifen be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Tamoxifen drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Tamoxifen is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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