Tamoxifen - Drug Information

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General Information on Tamoxifen

Generic Name : Tamoxifen

Pronunciation : ta mox' i fen

Latest prescription information about Tamoxifen. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y42.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Hormones

Why is Tamoxifen Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antiestrogen, prescribed for breast cancer. It is also used for infertility, gynecomastia, ductal carcinoma either alone or with other medications.  It blocks the actions of estrogen.

When should Tamoxifen not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in women with history of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolus and known hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category D :

There is an evidence of fetal risk based on adverse reaction data, but potential benefits may allow the drug to be used in pregnant women despite risks.

What is the dosage of Tamoxifen?

Adult: PO- The recommended dose is 20 mg in 1-2 divided doses. Max: 80 mg/day.

How should Tamoxifen be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Tamoxifen?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of high cholesterol level, vision problems, high levels of calcium in blood, poor immunity, decrease in white blood cells or platelets, who are taking cytotoxic cancer medicines, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
It may affect platelet counts; avoid injury or bruising.

What are the side effects of Tamoxifen?

   Most Common : Swelling in the extremities, depression, dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, hair thinning and/hair loss and vaginal dryness.
   Miscellaneous : Hot flashes, fluid retention, vaginal discharge, nausea, irregular periods, weight loss, skin changes and abnormal decrease in platelet counts.

What are the other precautions for Tamoxifen?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Tamoxifen?

Store it at controlled room temperature (25� C).


Schedule : G

Drugs that are to be used only under medical supervision.

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kakali2007 

I am a breast cancer patient in Kolkata,West Bengal.I am not getting my supply of the medicine..it is unavailable in the market.What's the matter?

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