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|Prescription Drug Facts: Nolvadex (Tamoxifen)*|
What is this drug for?
Reduce the chance of getting breast cancer
Who might consider taking it?
Women at high risk of getting breast cancer
(1.7% or more over 5 years). You can calculate your breast cancer risk here
Who should not take it?
Women who are or plan to become pregnant, and women who are breastfeeding
Have a yearly check up which includes a gynecological examination and blood tests
Other treatments to consider
No other medicines are approved to reduce breast cancer risk
How long has the drug been around?
First approved by FDA in 1982
|Percent of people who experienced the following effects in a 6 year study of Nolvadex|
Among 6,599 women NOT given Nolvadex
|Among 6,576 women given Nolvadex (20 mg a day)|
Beneficial effects of Nolvadex
Women taking Nolvadex were less likely to...
|Get invasive breast cancer||2.7%||1.4%|
|Die from breast cancer||0.09%||0.05%|
Side effects of Nolvadex
Women taking Nolvadex were more likely to...
|Life threatening side-effects|
|Have a blood clot in lung or leg (some died)||0.4%||0.8%|
|Have a stroke (some died)||0.4%||0.6%|
|Get invasive uterine cancer||0.2%||0.5%|
|Have hot flashes||69%||81%|
|Have vaginal discharge||35%||55%|
|Have cataracts requiring surgery||1.1%||1.7%|
|Other things to know|
|Dying for any reason||1.1%||0.9%|
|Average monthly price||$103.85 (at 20 mg a day dose)|