Nolvadex is a medication which is used for treating breast cancer. It is also used in addition with other drugs for women with DCIS. It is an antiestrogen that prevents the growth of tumors that are induced by estrogen in the body.
How it works?
Nolvadex belongs to a class of drugs commonly known as anti-estrogens. Due to this, Nolvadex works by inhibiting the formation as well as effects of estrogen in certain tumors. When this happens, it would help the patients to stop the growth of tumors that are caused because of the estrogen.
Mainly Nolvadex is used to treat patients who suffer from breast cancer that might later pass on to the entire body. This kind of cancer is called as metastatic breast cancer. Apart from this, the drug is also taken to treat patients with breast cancer who have undergone radiation therapy or a surgery. The medication would also help potential patients to avoid breast cancer that might occur to them. When the patients who are already affected with breast cancer take this Nolvadex medication, it would prevent the growth of the condition.
Go through every piece of information about the drug before starting the course of therapy with it. The usual recommended dose of Nolvadex is 40 mg per day as two doses. For DCIS, 20 mg per day is recommended for 5 years. For management treatment of breast cancer, 20 mg per day per year is recommended. This is generic dose level. Dosage level can vary based on your age, risk of cancer, medical condition, medical history and others. Stick to your prescription dose level.
Overdose of Nolvadex can cause tremor, dizziness, trouble in breathing, seizure and enhanced reflexes.
Nolvadex is strictly for use in adult females. This drug should not be used by pregnant women and nursing mothers.
People with medical conditions related to lungs, blood cells, cholesterol level, lipid level, eye or any cancer other than breast cancer should not consume this drug without doctor’s approval. If you have any medical condition that is serious and life threatening, it is important to use the drug only with prescription.
You should not consume alcohol during the treatment with Nolvadex, as it would increase dizziness. You have to take necessary birth control methods during the therapy as this medication does not prevent pregnancy. Taking this medication would decrease the immunity level in the body hence do not get in to contact with any sick people.
Moreover, the list of side effects of Nolvadex is also very long.
Severe tiredness and muscle ache are some of the serious side effects that might arise from using the pill. Get medical help immediately if any severe side effects occur.
Nolvadex interacts with a lot of other prescription drugs like anticoagulants, cytotoxic cancer drugs, aromatase inhibitors and many others. Thus, it is always better to get doctor’s approval before using this drug.