Generic Nolvadex(tamoxifen) pills for treating breast cancer

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Generic Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) is a drug in pill form, taken orally, that interferes with the activity of estrogen (a female hormone). Generic Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) has been used to treat both advanced and early stage breast cancer. It has 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.

TAMOXIFEN blocks the effects of estrogen. It is also used to decrease the chance of breast cancer coming back in women who have received treatment for the disease. It may also help prevent breast cancer in women who have a high risk of developing breast cancer.

Generic Nolvadex Dosage
Generic Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) 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. Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. You can take it with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
Note: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others!!!

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Side Effects
The most common side effect is hot flashes similar to those experienced during menopause. Generic Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) 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 Generic Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) may be at slightly increased risk of developing cataracts. Women who have cataracts before taking Generic Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) may be at slightly increased risk of needing eye surgery to remove the cataracts. There has NOT been a generalized decrease in vision in women taking Generic Nolvadex (Tamoxifen). It is recommended that women taking Generic Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) have eye examinations by an opthalmologist at least every 2 years.

Precautions
Like most drugs, Generic Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) should not be taken during pregnancy. Even though it can affect a woman's periods Generic Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) is not a contraceptive, so reliable contraception must be used. Generic Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) 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 physician know straight away.

Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Published on Women's Health Center

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