Breast cancer is remains a life-threatening condition among the female population around the world. For decades, it has continued to affect women with increasing numbers. In fact, breast cancer does not only affect those who are genetically predisposed but also those who do not even a family history of it. Chemotherapy, surgery and drugs like nolvadex tamoxifen remain as the most effective weapons so far and has ever since increased the life span of those who were affected, and helped the prevention of the onset of the cancer for those who are at high risk. Nolvadex tamoxifen is the popular choice of treatment because it has been proven safe and effective against breast tumors.
Nolvadex tamoxifen is known as an estrogen antagonist drug, although some people know it as an anti-estrogen. Actually, nolvadex tamoxifen do not supress the production of the estrogen but instead, it only hinders it from combining with the receptor cells which later on form the tumor. Unlike the other similar drugs, the advantage of nolvadex tamoxifen is that there is no suppression of estrogen production so your body can still benefit its functions. Remember that cancer cells are fed through the female hormone, and by preventing it from reaching through the receptor sites, the formation of breast tumors are halted. Nolvadex tamoxifen acts like estrogen by combining with the receptor cells so that estrogen can no longer have the chance to unite with them. Once the nolvadex tamoxifen drug is able to unite with the tumor positive sites, it does not help the tumor progress.
Patients who are at risk of breast cancer, or already have the condition are generally prescribed with 20-40mg of nolvadex tamoxifen each day. Nolvadex tamoxifen should only be taken within 5 years. If the treatment has to go beyond this time limit, the doctor has to consider whether the benefits of the drug outweigh the dangerous side effects in the long run. Patients are not allowed to take nolvadex tamoxifen if they are taking any of the following drugs as serious interactions may occur: anastrozole, letrozole, SSRI antidepressants, anticoagulants, and cimeditdine. The drug nolvadex tamoxifen may do harmful effects of the fetus as well, that is why pregnant women are not allowed to use the medicine unless the treatment overcomes the risks. It is not yet proven whether nolvadex tamoxifen can be passed through breast feeding, but for the safety of the baby women cannot breast feed at the same time take the medicine. If you have to breast feed, you should not take nolvadex tamoxifen, or vice versa.
The possible side effects of taking nolvadex tamoxifen may include one or the combination of the following: leg cramps, hot flashes, hair thinning, nausea, headaches, muscle aches, and loss of interest in sex. If the symptoms become worst or bothersome, consult your doctor immediately.
Serious side effects like allergic reactions, abdominal pain, easy bruising or bleeding, signs of infections, and vision problems are quite rare. However, you should be rushed to the emergency center in case you experience any of these after taking nolvadex tamoxifen.