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WHAT IS NOLVADEX ?
Nolvadex 10mg is a hormone therapy. This medication is classified as an “anti-estrogen.” It blocks the actions of estrogen, a female hormone. Certain types of breast cancer require estrogen to grow. It is an antiestrogen. Antiestrogens bind to estrogen receptor site on cancer cells thus blocking estrogen from going into the cancer cell. This interferes with cell growth and eventually leads to cell death. The following are antiestrogen medications.
MEDICINE USES :
Tamoxifen may be given as adjuvant therapy (treatment after successful surgery) in women or men with lymph node negative or lymph node positive breast cancer. Cancers with positive estrogen and progesterone receptors are more likely to benefit from this medicine. It may be prescribed in metastatic (cancer that has spread) breast cancer in both women and men. It may be prescribed in women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) who have completed surgery and radiation therapy. It may be prescribed for women at high risk of breast cancer to reduce the incidence of developing breast cancer. It may also be prescribed for treatment of ovarian cancer.
TAMOXIFEN COMMON SIDE EFFECTS :
hot flashes; vaginal discharge; or weight loss.
It can increase your risk of stroke or blood clots. Call your doctor at once if you have:
- signs of a stroke – sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;
- signs of a blood clot in the lung – chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood; or
- signs of a blood clot in your leg
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