Tamoxifen can be used to:
Compared to chemotherapy, tamoxifen has few side effects. For example, tamoxifen does not cause hair loss.
However, menopausal symptoms (such as hot flashes) are common in women who take tamoxifen . Although these symptoms may become less frequent and less intense over time, they can still be hard to manage. If you have any symptoms, talk with your health care provider about ways to treat them.
The most serious health risks of tamoxifen, such as endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus) and blood clots in the lungs, are very rare .
Figure 5.10 lists some possible side effects and health risks of tamoxifen in women.
Figure 5.10: Side effects and health risks of tamoxifen in women
Adapted from Rimawi MF and Osborne CK .
In men, possible side effects include [67-69]:
Although both aromatase inhibitors and tamoxifen can cause menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, many of their side effects differ.
Learn more about how the side effects of these hormone therapies compare.
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