This medicine is mainly used for treating breast cancer, while it is also prescribed to reduce the chances of breast cancer in high-risk patients. It helps in blocking the actions of estrogen which is a female hormone. Certain types of breast cancer require estrogen in order to grow. Tamoxifen tablet is often used for treating some of the types of breast cancer in both men as well as women. Tamoxifen for men and women works by interfering with the effects of estrogen in the breast tissue.
Strictly follow all the directions that are mentioned on your prescription label. Tamoxifen 20mg tablet should not be taken in smaller or larger amounts or for longer time than recommended. Tamoxifen 10mg and 20mg tablet should be taken by mouth with or without the food mainly once or twice daily as directed by your doctor. The liquid medicine should be measured with the dosing syringe which is provided with the medicine or with the help of dose-measuring spoon.
You need to have frequent blood tests during the intake of this medicine. This medicine needs to be stopped for short time when you need surgery or medical tests. Make sure that you inform your doctor that you are taking this medicine.
While using Tamoxifen citrate medicine, you should always have regular physical exams and mammograms as well as also self-examine your breast for lumps every month. You should take Tamoxifen tablet on regular basis in order to get the most benefit. Before you run out of the medicine completely, you should get your prescription refilled beforehand. Therefore, this medicine needs to be used for up to five years.
Make sure that you store the medicine at room temperature away from heat, moisture and cold. In case you miss the dose, make sure that you take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Don’t try to take the two doses at the same time.
Call your doctor immediately if you have signs of allergic reaction to Tamoxifen tablet such as swelling in your face, tongue, throat or lips, difficulty in breathing and hives. This medicine can also increase the risk of stroke or blood clots. Get the medical help immediately:
What are the signs of Tamoxifen tablet side effects?
Consult your doctor once if you have:
Some of the common side effects of Tamoxifen tablet are stated below:
Therefore, these are not the complete list of side effects, but if you experience anything apart from these side effects call your doctor immediately.
Tell your doctor before taking this medicine if you are allergic to it or if you are suffering from other allergies. Tamoxifen tablet contains certain inactive ingredients that may cause you some allergic reactions. If you are also taking a blood thinner then you should not take this medicine to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
This medicine should not be taken during pregnancy as it can harm the unborn baby. Once your treatment ends, avoid becoming pregnant for at least two months. You may need to take your first dose during the time of your menstrual period if you are taking this medicine to reduce breast cancer.
There are 340 drugs that are known to interact with this medicine
92 major drug interactions
239 moderate drug interactions
9 minor drug interactions
Few names that interacts with Tamoxifen includes letrozole, biotin, ibuprofen, grapefruit, aspirin, Lyrica, Tylenol, Vitamin D2, Zyrtec, melatonin, Ambien etc.
Tamoxifen works by competing with the estrogen in order to bind to estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells.
There are some Tamoxifen warnings like the medicine should strictly not be used in pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are suffering from liver disease or high triglycerides before taking this Tamoxifen tablet. Before the intake of this medicine, tell your doctor if you are receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatment.
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