Nolvadex – Breast Cancer Is Now Fully Manageable
Nolvadex (tamoxifen) is used as part of hormonal therapy aimed at overcoming breast cancer. This drug belongs to the category of anti-estrogen medications as it allows decreasing the levels of estrogen in women, which leads to the improvement of the health condition in patients suffering from breast cancer. This drug can be used for different purposes, as will be discussed further.
Uses of Nolvadex
Nolvadex is used according to the prescription of a healthcare provider in the following instances:
- It may be administered as an after-surgery treatment following successful surgery of men and women suffering from breast cancer. The cases when estrogen and progesterone receptors are positive require managing the patient’s condition with Nolvadex. Besides, this medication allows reducing the threat of developing breast cancer in the other breast;
- Nolvadex may also be prescribed for the management of cancer that has produced metastases in other organs in both male and female patients;
- This drug may be prescribed to women who have undergone a successful surgery or radiation therapy as it reduces the threat of invasive cancer development. The risks and possible advantages of taking this drug in these cases need to be discussed with a medical practitioner and may vary according to the circumstances;
- Nolvadex may also be administered for the treatment of ovarian cancer as well as certain other problems if approved by a physician;
- Nolvadex is used for prevention purposes as well. It is administered by women who are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer and require a thorough medical examination. The possible threats of treatment should be discussed with a healthcare provider.
Tell your doctor in case you have an allergy to any components of Nolvadex. If you are allergic to any medications of such kind or any other substances or food products, your doctor needs to be aware of possible risks. Tell your physician if you have had such signs of allergy as skin hives and itching, breathing problems, coughing, swelling of body parts and other conditions. Some signs of allergy could be severe, and in this case, much caution should be taken when using Nolvadex for treatment or prevention purposes. Let your doctor know if you had any blood clots in the past or suffer from this condition at the moment. If you are taking warfarin or Anastrozole, it is inadvisable to take Nolvadex due to possible drug interactions, although these are not all the drugs that may interact with this medication. Other drugs include natural herbal products, supplements, and vitamins, the use of which needs to be stopped for the period of treatment with Nolvadex.
How to Store This Drug
This medication needs to be stored at a room temperature and be protected from heat and excessive light. Nolvadex should be stored in a dry and secure place away from children and pets. Do not keep the tablets in a bathroom. Throw away the drugs if their term of use has expired. Ask your doctor if you have any questions regarding the disposal or storage of this medication to find out the details.
How to Use This Medicine
Use Nolvadex tablets according to the prescription of your doctor following the instructions precisely and accurately. Read all the provided data on the treatment course with this medication. Follow these steps when taking the drug for treatment or prevention purposes:
- Nolvadex can be taken with or without food;
- Swallow the tablets whole with some drink or a glass of water;
- In order to achieve maximum efficiency of the treatment, try to avoid skipping doses. In case you have missed one, take it as soon as you remember. If it is time to take the next dose, skip the missed one and resume your regular dosage schedule. Avoid taking two or more doses of the drug simultaneously;
- If you plan to get pregnant, start using Nolvadex during your menstrual cycle. However, it is advisable to make a pregnancy test before using Nolvadex in order to avoid possible health complications;
- Take Nolvadex at the same time day after day to ensure that the equal interval between the doses is maintained;
- The size of a dose depends on such factors as your current health state, the type of cancer you are treating and other health problems you might be having. Your physician will determine the exact dosage schedule and potentially effective duration of treatment;
- Continue the treatment course up until your physician tells you to stop taking the medication, even if you already feel better and have no worsening signs and symptoms.
Potentially Hazardous Side Effects
Before taking this medication, it is worth considering the possible side effects that may occur during treatment. However, in most instances, this medication does not lead to any adverse reactions and most of such effects are predictable and can, therefore, be avoided. The adverse reactions in most cases are reversible and generally go away after the treatment course comes to an end. Certain actions may help minimize or even avoid the development of side effects. There is no interrelation between the seriousness of adverse reactions and the productivity of treatment with this medication. The following side effects may occur in patients taking Nolvadex:
- Abnormal vaginal discharge;
- Swelling of body parts, such as feet, ankles or hands;
- Decreased sexual desire (especially in male patients);
- Hot flashes, etc.
The above-mentioned side effects occur in over 30% of patients. The adverse reactions listed below occur in around 10-29% of cases:
- Feeling sick;
- Changes of menstrual cycle;
- Vaginal bleeding;
- Loss of weight;
- Mood swings revealed in depression or anxiety.
In most cases, these adverse reactions go away after the completion of the treatment, but if you experience any serious and potentially dangerous symptoms, it is advisable to seek immediate medical help to prevent possible threat to your health.