Tamoxifen - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Tamoxifen

Generic Name : Tamoxifen
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Tamoxifen are provided here.

Pronunciation : ta mox' i fen

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Tamoxifen, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

ICD Code : Y42.6 Therapeutic Classification : Hormones

Trade Names/Brand Names of Tamoxifen

India :

International :


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 be taken? (Contraindications)

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

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 for 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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