Tamoxifen Citrate (Tamoxifen Citrate)
What is Tamoxifen Citrate (Tamoxifen Citrate) used for?
Tamoxifen Citrate (Tamoxifen Citrate) is used to treat the symptoms of certain types of breast cancer occurring in post menopausal women, and is also used to help prevent cancer from returning. This drug is in a class of medications known as antiestrogens. It works by reducing the production of estrogen by the body, which can help to slow down and suppress the growth of cancers which need estrogen to grow. This drug has also been used to induce ovulation.
How should I use Tamoxifen Citrate (Tamoxifen Citrate)?
Tamoxifen Citrate (Tamoxifen Citrate) comes in the form of tablets, which are taken orally. The usual dose is 1 to 2 tablets per day, however the dosage may vary depending on the patient's medical history and the condition being treated. You should always consult your physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed. When this drug is used to prevent breast cancer, patients may need to take it for an extended period, sometimes as long as 5 years. However, for the treatment of breast cancer, your physician will advise you on how long you need to take it.
What are the side effects of Tamoxifen Citrate (Tamoxifen Citrate)?
Patients may notice the following side effects when taking Tamoxifen Citrate (Tamoxifen Citrate):
Patients should note that this drug may also cause other more serious side effects. You should consult your physician immediately if you notice unusual broken bones, changes in behavior, bleeding from the vagina, yellowing of the eyes or skin, severe nausea, extreme tiredness, loss of breath or coughing up blood.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Tamoxifen Citrate (Tamoxifen Citrate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Women who have yet to go through the menopause are not normally given this drug. Under no circumstances should this drug be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If your physician has prescribed this medication for you, and you have not gone through the menopause, you should seek advice from your physician on the use of reliable forms of contraception.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.