What is Tamoxifen?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Tamoxifen is an oral selective estrogen receptor modulator which is used in breast cancer treatment, and is currently the world's largest selling breast cancer treatment. It is used for the treatment of early and advanced breast cancer. It is undergoing trials in ALS/MND under Prof Ben Brooks.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Breast cancer 82 39
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 16 7
Atypical hyperplasia of breast 4 3
Androgen deficiency 1 0
Gynecomastia 1 1

Show all 9 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 18
Moderate 15
Mild 13
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tamoxifen

Side effect Patients
Hot flashes 13
Weight gain 6
Fatigue 5
Night sweats 5
Bone pain 2
Brain fog 2

Show all 57 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tamoxifen

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 21
10 mg daily 2
40 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Tamoxifen

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 10
Doctor's advice 10
Side effects too severe 9
Did not seem to work 7
Other 7
Personal research 1
See all 38 patients who've stopped taking Tamoxifen

Duration

Currently taking Tamoxifen

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Tamoxifen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 52
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 31
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 27
Not specified 25

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tamoxifen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Chemotherapy 5
Paclitaxel (Taxol) 1

Patients stopped taking Tamoxifen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Exemestane (Aromasin) 2
Letrozole (Femara) 2
Anastrozole (Arimidex) 1
Carboplatin 1
Fareston 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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2 patient evaluations for Tamoxifen

May 31, 2012 (Started Feb 29, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for breast cancer)
  • Side effects
    Severe (reactivated uterine fibroids and they started necrotizing, necrotizing uterine fibroids)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg/5 mL Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 10, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg/5 mL Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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