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Chem mart Tamoxifen

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Generic Name: Tamoxifen citrate
Product Name: Chem mart Tamoxifen


Tamoxifen is used in the palliative treatment of breast cancer that has been shown to express oestrogen receptors.


Tamoxifen is an anti-oestrogen. It blocks oestrogen receptors and inhibits the effects that oestrogen has on cells. In many breast cancers, this effect is to stimulate tumour growth. By inhibiting oestrogen, Tamoxifen inhibits tumour growth.

Dose advice

Initial dose is 20mg once daily. If no improvement is seen within one month, increase to 40mg daily.



Common side effects

  • hot flushes
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Uncommon side effects

  • fluid retention
  • vaginal bleeding
  • vaginal discharge
  • vaginal itching
  • tumour pain
  • tumour flare
  • lightheadedness
  • headaches
  • skin rash
  • hair loss
  • Increased occurrence of endometrial (lining of uterus) changes have been reported. These range from polyps to cancer.
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding should be immediately reported to your doctor.
  • Visual changes may occur rarely.

For further information talk to your doctor.

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Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 20 November, 2015


Created by: myVMC