What Is Tamoxifen (Soltamox)?
Tamoxifen, generic form of Soltamox, is a drug, mainly used to treat some types of breast cancer. It’s a strong hormonal medicine and needs to be prescribed with strict medical orders for metastatic breast cancer in both men and women.
Tamoxifen belongs to a specific class of drugs, “nonsteroidal antiestrogens” which block the action of estrogen through the body. It’s not only used to treat but to lower the likelihood of breast cancer in women with high-risk (mostly for genetics and medical history) and also to treat some types of brain cancer.
This medicine needs to be taken with strict medical supervision. It is a drug for cancer and, as such, it will have very strong effects on your body.
Before starting, think about the drugs you already take: vitamins, treatments for other medical conditions, everything must be taken into account.
Also, if you’re a woman, you need to take a pregnancy test to be sure you’re not expecting while taking the treatment. Tamoxifen cannot be taken while pregnancy, suspicion of it or breastfeeding. It may harm the child.
Also, as a hormonal drug, you may be wondering if it prevents effectively pregnancy, the answer to that is no. Even with its great hormonal effects on the body, it may not be enough to prevent pregnancy. Actually it would probably make hormonal contraception less effective. Have that in mind.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and talk about risks in taking this medication. It’s for sure that you’ll need to be tested constantly to make sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, mammograms and breast exams, they’ll be taken on a regular basis. Your liver function may also need to be tested regularly.
Tamoxifen (Soltamox) Side Effects
Common Side effects:
Increased bone or tumor pain
Pain around the tumor site
Depression or anxiety
Thinning of hair
Weight loss or weight gain
Vaginal dryness/Loss of sexual desire or ability (in men)
Serious Side Effects:
Loss of appetite
Coughing up blood
Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Unusual bruising or bleeding
Wheezing or shortness of breath
New breast masses
Always take this drug following the directions on your prescription label exactly as your doctor has established . Never take larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. You can take this medication with a full glass of water and it can be taken with or without food.
Should you miss a dose of the medication, you may take it as soon as you remember. But don’t take it if you’re near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Never double up to catch up. It’s useless to treatment and dangerous.
In case of overdose, it’s mandatory for you to seek emergency medical attention immediately.