Tamoxifen is the generic name given to a drug known to block the action of setrogen which is a female hormone. Certain types of breast cancer require estrogen to continue to grow.
This drug is used to treat some types of breast cancer in men and women and lowers a woman’s of developing breast cancer if she is high risk with a family history of breast cancer.
It is suggested even moderate drinking only while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have a history blood clots in your veins or your lungs, taking a blood thinner, liver disease, high cholesterol or triglycerides, history of stroke or blood clot, history of cataract or if receiving chemotherapy or radiation.
Less serious side effects are hot flashes, bone pain, joint pain, tumour pain, swelling in hands or feet, vaginal itching or dryness, decreased sex drive, impotence, difficult orgasm, headache, dizzy, depression or thinning hair.. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, suddenly numb or weak especially on one side, sudden severe headache, confusion, vision speech balance problems, chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, fast heart rate, pain, swelling, warmth or redness in one or both legs, nausea, lack of appetite, increased thirst, muscle weakness, confusion, tired, restless, unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge, irregular menstrual periods, pain or pressure in pelvic area, blurred vision, eye pain, seeing halos around lights, easy bruising, bleeding from nose, mouth, vagina or rectum, purple or red pinpoint spots under the skin, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, new breast lump, upper stomach pain, itching, dark urine, clay coloured stools or jaundice.
If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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