Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) is an antiestrogen. It is used in the treatment of breast cancer in women. The generic name of Nolvadex is Tamoxifen.

Uses of Nolvadex

Nolvadex is broadly used in the treatment of Breast cancer. The uses of Nolvadex are:

  • It is used to treat the type of breast cancer that has profused to other parts of the body i.e., Metastatic Breast Cancer.
  • It also serves as a conjunction to treat other kinds of breast cancer.
  • It is given to the women who ate a greater susceptibility of developing breast cancer.
  • It is also used in the women who have got DCIS, Ductal Carcinoma in situ (after radiation or surgery) to cut off the potential risk of getting breast cancer.
Nolvadex tablets

Packet of medicine Nolvadex (tamoxifen) tablets 20 mg

Mode of action of Nolvadex

As already mentioned, Nolvadex is an antiestrogen. The drug works by choking estrogen’s effect on the tumors. Estrogen is known to activate the growth of tumor.

How to take Nolvadex?

Nolvadex is an orally ingested drug. It can be taken orally with or without food. It has to be taken one or two times a day for about five years or as per doctor’s advice.

The exact dose depends upon the medical condition and the response of the patient to the treatment. Generally, T=the recommended dose of Nolvadex is divided in two. Doses greater than 20 mg are divided in half and are taken two times a day i.e., once in morning and once in the evening. If you are taking a liquid, a special measurement spoon is recommended to take the correct dose.

One thing to be noted is that after you take Nolvadex in Metastatic Breast Cancer, the bone or cancer pain or the disease is exacerbated. But, this is considered as a great sign by the doctors. They consider it as a healing sign. These symptoms usually go away quickly after initiation of the treatment.

Side effects of Nolvadex

There are certain side- effects of taking Nolvadex. The common side- effects of Nolvadex are:

  • Hot flushes
  • Leg cramps
  • Nausea
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Tingling sensation or numbness in skin
  • Thinning of hair

The serious side effects of this drug are:

  • Pain in eye
  • Vision changes (blurred vision)
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Mood changes
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Swelling in feet/ ankles

Women who have taken Nolvadex to decrease the susceptibility of breast cancer have developed other fatal conditions like uterine cancer, blood clots in lugs and stroke. If you see any of the symptoms like unusual vaginal discharge or bleeding, pain or pressure in groin, abnormal menstruation, pain in chest, shortness of breath, bloody cough, confusion, slurred speech, vision problems and one- sided weakness, contact your doctor without any delay.

Contraindications of Nolvadex

You must not take Nolvadex if:

  • You are hypersensitive to any active ingredient of this drug
  • You are taking this drug to cut off the susceptibility to breast cancer and have a history of blood clots in leg or lung
  • If you are using this drug to cut off the susceptibility of breast cancer and taking anticoagulant like warfarin
  • If you are consuming anastrozole
  • If you are expecting
  • If you are a breast- feeding mother

Nolvadex Can Treat Breast Cancer Effectively

Health problems are of different kinds. Some health problems are very common in people so it is easy to treat those problems. In such health problems cold fever, nausea, flu and cough etc are included. These medical problems are usually faced by people and almost every person knows which medicine can work efficiently against these common health problems. Let us discuss about a problem that is not common but can cause serious problems for women. Some health problems are those which are only faced by women not by men, and breast cancer is one of those health problems. If look at the figures showing the numbers of women suffering from it, then we come to know that its numbers are increasing with the passage of every year. There can be multiple reasons for this increment but I think that one of the main reasons is unawareness in people regarding this health problem. Even well educated women do not know what the causes of this problem are and how they can treat it. If government and non-government organization start their breast cancer awareness campaign, then they will surely get better results in the end of every year.

Those women who do not know how they can treat breast cancer, this article will be very useful. There are different stages in which the treatment of breast cancer can be different. The last option for breast cancer treatment is surgical way and it is opted in extreme case. In short, doctors try their level best to treat patient’s breast cancer through the use of medicines. In these medicines, many well known drugs names are available in market. Nolvadex is one of the best drugs that are used for breast cancer treatment. Nolvadex has many advantages over other available medicines due to which doctors prefer to prescribe this medicine. Effective working and giving better results in short time are some of its best advantages. But since Nolvadex is a medicine so you cannot exclude the chances of getting any side effects. Like many other medicines, Nolvadex can also give many side effects to its users but the chances of getting its side effects are very rare. Most of the people do not get any of its side effects. And those face them either do not follow their doctor’s advice or they are too weak. In order to avoid its side effects, the user must take only recommended dose of Nolvadex.

Nolvadex is an effective drug but it cannot be used in the following cases:

  • If the woman has an allergic effect to any of its components.
  • You are already using anastrozole.
  • You are using anticoagulants and now you want to start Nolvadex use.

Only an experienced and professional doctor can guide you in a better way if you should use Nolvadex or not. Besides this, there are some drugs which can work in a negative way if they are given along with Nolvadex. So doctor should have the idea about the medicines you are already taking.