Nolvadex
DESCRIPTION

This medication is used to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. This medication is also commonly known as Tamoxifen in the medical industry.

How it works

This medication works by blocking the growth of breast cancer. The drug is capable of blocking the growth since it can interfere with the effects of estrogen on breast tissues.

Uses

The medication is mainly used to treat breast cancer which has spread to other areas. This is also useful in treating breast cancer that occurs after certain surgeries such as radiation treatment. It can be used to reduce the chances of breast cancer in high-risk patients.

Dosage

You need to take this medication for five years continuously. This medication must be taken once or twice on a daily basis. You can take this drug by mouth, with or without food. If your dosage is more than 20mg, then you need to split the tablet in half and take it in two doses. You can take the doses in the morning and evening or in any other way directed by your physician.

If you are taking this medicine in liquid form, make sure you measure it with a medical spoon. Do not use a regular household spoon as it can lead to the wrong dosage. The dosage will be determined by a physician according to your medical condition and the way you respond to the treatment.

In order to experience the best results of this drug, you need to follow the treatment on a regular basis. So, you cannot afford to miss your doses accidently or otherwise. If you keep forgetting your doses, then take it at the same time every day. This will help you remember.

Side effects

Even though this medication is highly effective, it can sometimes lead to certain uncomfortable side effects. These include:

Muscle aches
Hot flashes
Nausea
Leg cramps
Numbness
Hair thinning
Headaches

Even though these side effects might disappear within a day or two, make sure to inform your doctor if they continue to persist.

Precautions

The following precautionary methods must be strictly followed throughout the treatment period to ensure your own safety.

Make sure to check if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in the medication.
Brief your physician about your medical history – especially if you suffered from diabetes or liver disease.
If you have a history of blood clots, it is not recommended to take this medication.
If you are having a surgery or visiting a dentist, inform the healthcare provider that you are using Nolvadex.

Self-care

This medication must not be used during the period of pregnancy. So, if you are planning to get pregnant or already pregnant, do not use this medication as it can affect the health of your unborn baby.

It is not known whether this medication can be passed onto children through breast milk. However, it is best to stop nursing during the medication period as it may affect the child. So, if you are planning to discontinue the treatment during this period, speak to your physician first.

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