Tamoxifen is an estrogen (a female hormone) action inhibitor. Tamoxifen helps with the therapy of some specific kinds of cancer of the breast in men and women. Tamoxifen decreases the risk of breast cancer in women who have the propensity to have it.
Tamoxifen an estrogen blocker helps to prevent the growth of the cancer of the breast. It works effectively for the cure of metastatic breast cancer. It also works for the therapy of breast cancer comes through radiation therapy and surgery. It also helps in lowering the risk in patients who have the chances of having it.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
Ensure that the consume of Tamoxifen is done by following all directions given by the doctor. Adhere to all prescription details read on the prescription label and make inquiries when it is necessary relating to the use, duration, and the number of required dose. You are advised to use the proper dose-measuring objects in order to get the right dose measurement. You can request one from your pharmacist. The intake of Tamoxifen may be with or without food. The use of Tamoxifen may require regular blood tests. Inform your surgeon early before going for surgery if you are on Tamoxifen medicine. You may be told to halt its use for a short period of time. Patients on Tamoxifen should frequently do physical examinations and mammograms. Ensure you do a monthly self-exam on your breast to check for lumps while on Tamoxifen. To get the best treatment outcome, you should ensure a constant use of Tamoxifen as directed. The duration of treatment may be up to have a decade. Therefore, ensure you refill before your med finishes.
Ensure you get the following precautions before and during the use of Tamoxifen:
- Patients that are hypersensitive to Tamoxifen should keep away from the usage of Tamoxifen.
- Avoid interacting Tamoxifen with a blood thinner (Warfarin) when it is meant to lower the chances of having the cancer of the breast.
- Pregnant women and those who may become pregnant should seek the tip of the doctors before the use of Tamoxifen. Before the use of Tamoxifen, you may be asked to do a pregnancy test to know that you are without pregnancy.
- Tamoxifen may render hormonal contraception impotent. You are therefore advised to use other birth control methods such as diaphragm with spermicide, intrauterine device or condom.
- The intake of the first dose may be during a menstrual when it is specifically meant to lower the chances of having the cancer of the breast.
- Ensure that you make inquiries from your doctor on the risks involved that may be deadly.
- Any of the following conditions whether in the past or at present should be brought to your doctor’s awareness:
- The disease of the liver;
- A blood clot or stroke;
- High triglycerides or cholesterol;
- When on chemotherapy or radiation.
- Lactating mothers should keep away from the usage of Tamoxifen.
You are recommended to ask immediate medical assistance when you begin to have an allergic reaction to Tamoxifen which may be swollen lips, throat, face or tongue; difficulty breathing; and hives. The following are the usual side effects of Tamoxifen:
- Loss of weight;
- Menstrual changes;
- Hot flashes;
- Discharge from the vaginal.
In a situation whereby you forget to take your prescribed drug, you can always consume it at the moment of recollection. However, notice the time for the next dose if not close. Consuming at once two doses that are considered to be taken at different times should be avoided.
Peradventure you consume more than the prescribed doses, quickly visit the doctor or call for emergency medical assistance.
Interaction with other drugs
The use of Tamoxifen with other medications may result in serious effects. You are therefore advised to notify the doctor before interacting any drug with it. The following may interact with Tamoxifen:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines;
- Herbal products.