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Tamoxican (Tamoxifen Citrate) comes in the form of a pill and works by interfering with the activity of estrogen (a female hormone). It has been used to treat both advanced and early stage breast cancer, and has also been used for nearly 20 years to treat patients with advanced breast cancer. More recently, it also is being used as adjuvant, or additional, therapy following primary treatment for early stage breast cancer.
Dosage and Administration
Tamoxican (Tamoxifen Citrate) is usually prescribed as a single daily dose and this should be taken at the same time each day - the actual time does not matter. Some women prefer to take it with food as it may cause feelings of sickness and leave a metallic taste in your mouth.
The most common side effect is hot flashes similar to those experienced during menopause. Tamoxican (Tamoxifen Citrate) may induce menopause in a woman who is close to menopause. However, it rarely does in young women. Other common side effects include vaginal dryness, irregular periods, and weight gain.
In addition, women taking this drug may be at slightly increased risk of developing cataracts. Women who have had cataracts before taking it may be at slightly increased risk of needing eye surgery to remove the cataracts. It is recommended that women taking this medication have eye examinations by an opthalmologist at least every 2 years.
Like most drugs, Tamoxican (Tamoxifen Citrate) should not be taken during pregnancy. Even though it can affect a woman`s periods, it is not a contraceptive, so reliable contraception must be used. This drug can increase the effect of the drug warfarin, used to thin the blood in people prone to blood clots. If you are taking warfarin let your doctor know straight away.
Seek immediate emergency medical attention if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms to watch for, which may be indicative of a reaction, include skin rashes, hives, swelling of the face or limbs, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.
Always use Tamoxican (Tamoxifen Citrate) as you have been prescribed by your doctor. Never self-medicate or change your dosage without first consulting your doctor. The correct dosage can vary depending on your health, medical history, and the severity of the condition being treated.
This medication may not be safe for all patients. Before you begin using it always disclose the following to your doctor:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you suffer from any allergies.
- If you suffer from any other health conditions or illnesses.
- If you are using any other medicine (including all non-prescription).
- If you are using any supplements, vitamins, or herbal products of any kind.