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Side Effects Of Tamoxifen 20 Mg

Side Effects Of Tamoxifen 20 Mg

What is tamoxifen?

Tamoxifen is a prescription drug. It comes as an oral tablet and an oral solution.

Tamoxifen oral tablet is only available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than a brand-name drug.

How it works

Tamoxifen belongs to a group of drugs called antiestrogens. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Antiestrogens work by blocking the effects of the hormone estrogen in the body. Estrogen may cause the growth of some types of breast tumors. Tamoxifen may block the growth of tumors that respond to estrogen.

Tamoxifen as breast cancer treatment

Treatment with tamoxifen lowers the risk of:

  • Breast cancer recurrence
  • Breast cancer in the opposite breast
  • Death from breast cancer

Tamoxifen is a pill taken every day for 5-10 years. For premenopausal women, tamoxifen may be combined with ovarian suppression.

Tamoxifen Interactions

Many drugs can interact with tamoxifen. Tell your doctor if you are using any of these medications:

  • Bromocriptine
  • Cimetidine
  • Clozaril
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Isoniazid (Nydrazid) for treating tuberculosis
  • Letrozole
  • Methimazole

Warnings for special population

Pregnancy - This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women due to the potential for serious adverse effects on the unborn baby. It should only be used in life-threatening conditions where the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Breast-feeding - This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women due to the potential for adverse effects in the infants. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.

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