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    Information about Tamoxifen

    Tamoxifen uses

    Tamoxifen is used in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer.

    How tamoxifen works

    Tamoxifen blocks the effects of estrogen, a natural female hormone in breast tissue which is responsible for breast cancer.

    Common side effects of tamoxifen

    Nausea, Fatigue, Skin rash, Fluid retention, Vaginal bleeding, Hot flashes, Vaginal discharge

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    Expert advice for Tamoxifen

    • Your doctor has prescribed Tamoxifen to treat breast cancer.
    • Tamoxifen lowers estrogen production in your body and reduces the growth of hormone sensitive tumors.
    • Tamoxifen may harm the unborn baby if used during pregnancy.
    • Hot flashes (sudden sweating and feelings of warmth) may occur on starting treatment with Tamoxifen, but should go away with time.

    Frequently asked questions for Tamoxifen


    Q. Is Tamoxifen a chemotherapy drug/ a chemo pill/ kill cancer cells/ cytotoxic/ a steroid/ necessary/ generic drug/ does Tamoxifen work?

    Tamoxifen is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) for both prevention and treatment of breast cancer in high-risk women. It is not actually a chemotherapy or cytotoxic but a hormone therapy which is given as part of an adjuvant chemotherapy program and works in women who have breast cancer that depends on estrogen for growth

    Q. What is Cytotam 20/ Nolvadex?

    Cytotam 20/ Nolvadex are brand names of Tamoxifen

    Q. Is Nolvadex a SERM /is nolvadex prescription only/ does Nolvadex reduce estrogen?

    Nolvadex is a brand name for tamoxifen. Tamoxifen is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM). It is to be used only at the advice and under the supervision of registered medical practitioner. Tamoxifen binds and blocks the estrogen receptors on the surface of breast cells, preventing estrogen from binding to the estrogen-sensitive cancer cells and stops the growth and reproduction of these deadly cells

    Q. Is Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) a steroid/ Is Nolvadex a PCT/is Nolvadex an AI/does nolvadex help with acne/does Nolvadex work for/ reverse/ prevent/ reduce gynocomastia/ can I take nolvadex without steroids?

    Nolvadex is not a steroid but actually has quite a few applications for steroid-using athletes, the most common use being the prevention of gynecomastia (enlargement of breasts in men). Nolvadex post androgen-cycle therapy (PCT) is usually implemented when supplementation of anabolic androgenic steroids has altered the levels of natural hormone. Nolvadex is not an aromatase inhibitor (AI). There is no indication to use Tamoxifen without steroids

    Q. Is Tamoxifen/ Nolvadex safe/cytotoxic/ dangerous/ is Nolvadex hard on the liver/ does Tamoxifen cause weight gain/ joint pain/stop periods/ hair loss/headaches/insomnia/dry mouth /nausea/ increase libido/ kill libido/ erectile dysfunction/ raise blood pressure?

    Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) is considered safe when used at recommended dosage and duration. It may cause side effects such as liver dysfunction, changes in your periods, hair loss, headaches, weight gain, joint pain, decrease in libido, erectile dysfunction. Side effects such as insomnia, raised blood pressure and dry mouth are not known but may occur with its use

    Q. Is Nolvadex or Clomid better?

    Nolvadex contains tamoxifen, while Clomid contains clomiphene citrate. Both these drugs are selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs). Tamoxifen is primarily used to prevent or treat breast cancer, but like clomiphene can be used to induce ovulation in women who are infertile. Studies have shown that one drug does not have advantage over the other, and are equally effective for induction of ovulation.

    Content on this page was last updated on 15 February, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)