Tamoxifen can be used to:
Compared to chemotherapy, tamoxifen has fewer side effects. For example, tamoxifen doesn't cause nausea.
Menopausal symptoms (such as hot flashes) are common in women who take tamoxifen .
Although menopausal symptoms may become less frequent and less intense over time, they can still be hard to manage. If you have 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 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 of tamoxifen include [75-76]:
Although both aromatase inhibitors and tamoxifen can cause menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, many of their side effects differ.
Learn about how the side effects of these hormone therapies compare.
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