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Nolvadex 10mg Tablet

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Store at room temperature (10-30°C)

Overview

Introduction

Nolvadex 10mg Tablet is an anti-estrogens. It is used in the treatment of breast cancer. It is also used to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women with a high chance of developing it. This medicine helps to slow down the growth and multiplication of cancer cells.

Nolvadex 10mg Tablet is also helpful in the treatment of infertility. It can be taken with or without food, but take it at the same time to get the most benefit. It should be taken as your doctor's advice. The dose and how often you take it depends on what you are taking it for. Your doctor will decide how much you need to improve your symptoms. Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water. You should take this medicine for as long as it is prescribed for you.

The most common side effects of this medicine include nausea, skin rash, hot flushes, thinning of hair and tiredness. If these bother you or appear serious, let your doctor know. There may be ways of reducing or preventing them. Some side effects may mean you should inform your doctor immediately include vaginal bleeding, irregular menstrual period and vaginal discharge. It makes birth control pills less effective, hence use a condom and other preventive measures to avoid pregnancy.

Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you are on treatment of infertility or had a blood clot disorder. Your doctor should also know about all other medicines you are taking as many of these may make this medicine less effective or change the way it works. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your doctor may perform some blood tests to check liver function and calcium level in the body.

Uses of Nolvadex Tablet

Side effects of Nolvadex Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Nolvadex

  • Nausea
  • Skin rash
  • Hot flashes
  • Thinning of hair
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Swelling

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Skin rash
    There are many treatments for a wide range of skin problems. Avoid hot showers or baths because hot water can irritate the skin. Make sure to pat dry your skin after a bath or shower. Do not rub or scratch the affected area. Leave the skin exposed to the air as much as possible. Do not use perfumed soaps or deodorants. Water containing chlorine can make most skin problems worse, so avoid swimming. Avoid spicy foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke and caffeine as it may also make itching worse. Avoid excessive sun exposure. Always use sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors. Moisturizers can be used regularly to soothe and hydrate the affected area. If it does not get better within a week, speak to a pharmacist or doctor.
  • Coping with Hot flashes
    Sip cold or iced drinks. Try cutting down on coffee, tea and alcohol. It might help to keep the room cool and use a fan. You could also spray cool water on your face. Wear layers of light clothing that you can easily take off if you overheat. Breathe deeply and try to relax. Have a lukewarm shower or bath instead of a hot one. Avoid smoking and cut down on alcohol. The flushing should go away after a few days. If it does not go away or causes problems, contact your doctor. There may be medicines that can help.

How to use Nolvadex Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Nolvadex 10mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Nolvadex Tablet works

Nolvadex 10mg Tablet is a hormone-based medication. It works by binding to estrogen receptors and blocking the effects of estrogen (a natural female hormone) in the breast tissue. This slows down the growth and multiplication of breast cancer cells.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Nolvadex 10mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Nolvadex 10mg Tablet is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Seek your doctor's advice as studies on pregnant women and animals have shown significant harmful effects to the developing baby.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Nolvadex 10mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Nolvadex 10mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Nolvadex 10mg Tablet may cause tiredness. This may affect your driving ability.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Nolvadex 10mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Nolvadex 10mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Nolvadex 10mg Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • Nolvadex 10mg Tablet helps treat breast cancer.
  • It also reduces the risk of cancer coming back and of getting cancer in the other breast. 
  • Use a reliable barrier contraceptive method (such as condoms) to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medicine and for 2 months after you stop taking it.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
  • Inform your doctor if your periods become irregular, especially if associated with heavier bleeding.
  • Do not stop taking the medicine without talking to your doctor first.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Nonsteroidal Antiestrogen
Habit Forming
No

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Nolvadex with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Altrom, Cenorol, Cgtrom
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Evaride, Estratag, Lanadiol
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): E Gen, Lynoral, Veronica
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Tibomax
LIFE-THREATENING

Patient Concerns

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She has lung cancer from 2011. But before she had breast cancer from 2007. Now she is taking tycarb and nolvadex 20 mg . her hemoglobin is 10. Please suggest a name of iron capsule/tonic which is folic acid free.
Dr. Vijay Sharnangat
Medical Oncology and Hematology
Take Cap Feoxy one per day
estrogen level is high, someone recommend me for nolvadex and clomid,
Dr. Sunil Sekhri
Diabetology
send scan copy o reports. Also tell me if you have any symptoms for which you got these hormonal check up done
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FAQs

Q. What is Nolvadex and for what it is used for?

Nolvadex contains a medicine, Tamoxifen which works against a female sex hormone estrogen. It is used in the treatment of estrogen dependent breast cancer in women. It may also be used in the treatment of estrogen-dependent breast cancer in males.

Q. How and in what dose should I use Nolvadex?

Take it as per the advice of your doctor. The number of doses you take each day and the duration depends on your medical problem. Take your tablet at about the same time every day to ensure consistent levels of medicine in your body. You can take it with or without food. Treatment with Nolvadex may be long term and you may require to take it for several years.

Q. What if I forget to take Nolvadex?

If you forget to take a dose of Nolvadex, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near to your next dose, skip it and follow your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at the same time to make up for the forgotten one.

Q. What if I stop taking Nolvadex?

Do not stop taking Nolvadex, even if you start feeling well, unless your doctor tells you. Stopping it early may increase the risk of breast cancer coming back.

Q. What are the common side effects of using Nolvadex?

The most common side effects associated with Nolvadex include menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, sleep disturbance, vaginal irritation, loss of sex drive and mood changes. It may also cause fluid retention, vaginal discharge, indigestion, nausea, and changes in your periods. If any of these bother you, consult with your doctor.

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