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Soltamox Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is tamoxifen (Soltamox)?
- What are the possible side effects of tamoxifen (Soltamox)?
- What is the most important information I should know about tamoxifen (Soltamox)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking tamoxifen (Soltamox)?
- How should I take tamoxifen (Soltamox)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Soltamox)?
- What happens if I overdose (Soltamox)?
- What should I avoid while taking tamoxifen (Soltamox)?
- What other drugs will affect tamoxifen (Soltamox)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking tamoxifen (Soltamox)?
You should not use tamoxifen if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- a history of blood clots in your veins or your lungs; or
- if you are also taking a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).
To make sure you can safely take tamoxifen, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- liver disease;
- high cholesterol or triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood);
- a history of stroke or blood clot;
- a history of cataract; or
- if you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation.
Taking tamoxifen may increase your risk of uterine cancer, stroke, or a blood clot in the lung, which can be fatal. Talk with your doctor about your specific risks in taking this medication.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use tamoxifen if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use a barrier form of birth control (such as a condom or diaphragm with spermicide) while you are using this medication and for at least 2 months after your treatment ends.
Hormonal contraception (such as birth control pills, injections, implants, skin patches, and vaginal rings) may not be effective enough to prevent pregnancy during your treatment.
It is not known whether tamoxifen passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. However, this medication may slow breast milk production. You should not breast-feed while taking tamoxifen.
How should I take tamoxifen (Soltamox)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medication with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
Tamoxifen can be taken with or without food.
If you are taking tamoxifen to reduce your risk of breast cancer, you may need to take your first dose while you are having a menstrual period. You may also need to have a pregnancy test before you start taking tamoxifen, to make sure you are not pregnant. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Use tamoxifen regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. You may need to keep using this medication for up to 5 years.
To make sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your doctor may want you to have mammograms and to perform routine breast self exams on a regular basis. Your liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, or cold. Do not freeze.
Additional Soltamox Information
- Soltamox Drug Interactions Center: tamoxifen oral
- Soltamox Side Effects Center
- Soltamox Overview including Precautions
- Soltamox FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
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