|Generic Name||Tamoxifen Citrate|
Tamoxifen 20 mg
Tamoxifen has been used for more for over 40 years as a hormonal therapy to treat breast cancer. It is a nonsteroidal antiestrogen medication that has been found to be successful in treating hormone receptor-positive early, locally advanced and metastatic cancer. It was originally formulated to treat postmenopausal women with an advanced stage of breast cancer. Estrogen is the hormone that stimulates some breast cancer to grow. Estrogen receptor positive breast cancers are more likely to benefit from this medication. The estrogen-like qualities of Tamoxifen are valuable as hormonal replacement therapy for all postmenopausal women. The medicine can block the growth of breast cancer. It interferes with the effects of the estrogen hormone in the breast tissues.
Clinical uses of Tamoxifen 20 mg
Tamoxifen is the oldest and most prescribed anti-cancer agent used to treat:
- Women and men diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive early stage breast cancer after surgery to prevent recurrence of cancer.
- Both women and men diagnosed with advanced stage or metastatic hormone receptor breast cancer.
The medicine does not work for patients with hormone receptor-negative breast cancer.
Let your health care specialist know about all the medications including prescription, non-prescription, vitamins, and supplements.
Tell your health care specialist about the risks and benefits of taking tamoxifen tablets and decide whether the benefits are worth the risk of taking the anti-cancer agent.
You should not take this medicine if you have a history of blot clots in your veins or taking a blood thinner such as warfarin.
Also, tell your health care professional if you have any of these health conditions:
- History of cataract
- Liver disease
- High cholesterol or triglycerides
- If you are undergoing radiation or chemotherapy
Avoid taking tamoxifen during pregnancy. The anticancer medicine can harm the unborn baby. Do not forget to use a contraceptive measure like a condom or diaphragm during the treatment for at least two months after your treatment ends. Contraceptive pills, injections, and patches, and vaginal rings may not be effective to prevent pregnancy while you are taking tamoxifen. It is still not whether the tamoxifen citrate, the active ingredient of the medicine passes into the mother’s milk or not. However, the anti-cancer agent is believed to slow breast milk production. Therefore, women are recommended not to breastfeed while taking this medicine.
Take tamoxifen 20 mg tablet with a full glass of water. It can be taken with or without food. Use it regularly to get the maximum benefit. Get your prescription filled on time before you run out of the tablets completely. You may continue taking medicine for up to five years.
Tamoxifen Side Effects
Like other anticancer agents, Tamoxifen too can cause side effects. If you are taking tamoxifen for treating breast cancer, then you may or may not experience these side effects:
- Excessive tiredness
- A headache
- Hot flashes
- Irregular menses
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Loss of sexual desire
Some side effects can be serious, and these may include loss of appetite, chest pain, rash, fever, coughing up blood, vision problems, wheezing or shortness of breath.