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Nolvadex Review

nolvadex review

Nolvadex uses generic names in all descriptions of drugs. Nolvadex is the trade name for Tamoxifen. In some cases, health care professionals may use the trade name Nolvadex when referring to the generic drug name Tamoxifen.

Drug type:  Nolvadex is a hormone therapy.  This medication is classified as an "anti-estrogen."  (For more detail, see "How this drug works" section below).

What This Drug Is Used For:

  • Tamoxifen may be given as adjuvant therapy (treatment after successful surgery) in women or men with lymph node negative or lymph node positive breast cancer.  Cancers with positive estrogen and progesterone receptors are more likely to benefit from tamoxifen.  Tamoxifen reduces the risk of getting breast cancer in the opposite breast.
  • Tamoxifen may be prescribed in metastatic (cancer that has spread) breast cancer in both women and men.
  • Tamoxifen may be prescribed in women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) who have completed surgery and radiation therapy.  Tamoxifen may reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer.  Risks and benefits of tamoxifen therapy should be discussed in this setting.
  • Tamoxifen may be prescribed for women at high risk of breast cancer to reduce the incidence of developing breast cancer.  Risks and benefits of tamoxifen therapy should be discussed in this setting.
  • Tamoxifen may also be prescribed for treatment of ovarian cancer.
  • Note:  If a drug has been approved for one use, physicians may elect to use this same drug for other problems if they believe it may be helpful.

Side Effects:

  • Important things to remember about the side effects of tamoxifen:
  • Most people do not experience all of the side effects listed.
  • Side effects are often predictable in terms of their onset and duration.
  • Side effects are almost always reversible and will go away after treatment is complete.
  • There are many options to help minimize or prevent side effects.
  • There is no relationship between the presence or severity of side effects and the effectiveness of the medication.


  • Following a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation I took Tamoxofen for just over a year. The hot flashes were pretty miserable, but the bone and joint pain along with memory loss and extreme fatigue made me talk to my MD about quality of life issues. The side effects of the drugs made me decide to quit taking it.
  • Diagnosed stage 1a rect.poss with 8cm tumor at 45. Severe joint pain, depression, memory lapse, another $120.00 a year spent wasted! After lumpectomy, radiation then chemo Hell, with complete allover hair and nail loss, 3 years on treatment. BC showed up as contained tumors in lymph nodes underarm and in neck which 14 nodes removed and radiation again. refused chemo. Going to Alternative(CAM) Doct ... Show Full Comment.
  • I have been using Nolvadex for the last 12 months and have severe side effects - dry mouth - hot flashes - lower back pain and joint pains - also forgetfullness and dizziness. Do you know of any other medication as an alternative.

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