Tamoxifen Citrate is used for the treatment of breast cancer. This type of condition starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women but men can get breast cancer too. This medication may help to lessen the chances of breast cancer in high-risk patients.
How does Tamoxifen Citrate work?
Tamoxifen Citrate works by blocking estrogen receptors. In that way, it blocks the effect of estrogen on breast cancer cells. This stops the cancer cells from growing.
Most breast cancers are sensitive to estrogen and their growth is increased in the presence of this hormone. Estrogen binds to estrogen receptors on the breast cancer cells. That it causes changes within the cells that result in faster growth of cancer. Breast cancers that are sensitive to estrogen are called estrogen receptor-positive cancers.
Why use Tamoxifen Citrate?
Tamoxifen Citrate is a nonsteroidal anti-estrogen. This medication blocks the growth of breast cancer and interferes with the effects of estrogen in the breast tissue. Tamoxifen Citrate is supplied as tablets for oral administration. Each tablet contains Tamoxifen Citrate as an active ingredient. This is available in the strengths of 10 mg and 20 mg. Tamoxifen Citrate is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How to use Tamoxifen Citrate?
The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Your doctor may direct you to start at a low dose and gradually increase it. Do not take more or less than it is given by your doctor.
Tamoxifen Citrate is to be taken by mouth. It is usually taken once or twice daily for 5 years or as directed by your doctor. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. If your condition does not improve, call your doctor right away.
What are the side effects of Tamoxifen Citrate?
- Hot flashes
- Changes in menstrual periods
- Leg cramps
- Bone or muscle pain
- Stomach cramps
Warnings and Precautions
- Tell your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications (prescriptions or non-prescriptions).
- If you are allergic to it, tell it to your doctor right away before using.
- Consult your doctor first if you have a medical history of high blood pressure, liver disease, or blood clots.
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you are breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first.
- Keep this at room temperature away from moisture or heat.