Nolvadex is a drug that is approved by the United States of America’s Food and Drug Administration to treat and prevent the recurrence of cancer. Nolvadex otherwise known as Tamoxifen work by blocking estrogen in the breasts of the victims of cancer hence suppresses the production of cancer cells in the body. Unfortunately, many medical researchers and patients who are using or have used Nolvadex have reported various side effects. These side effects range from depression, hot flashes to serious body conditions such as stroke and endometrial cancer. However, a careful consultation with a physician, coupled with healthy prescriptions and habits can be instrumental in helping you overcome such side effects.
How to Overcome the Side Effects
Start with your medical doctor who will assist you in carefully weighing the benefits and the health risks of taking Tamoxifen drugs. While the drug has proved to be effective in the treatment and prevention of the re-occurrence of cancer, it has also been found to be dangerous to the health of a cancer victim afterwards. Some of the complications that have already been reported by a good number of women as a result of the use of Tamoxifen include uterine abnormalities, blood clotting, eye conditions such as cataracts, endometrial cancer and stroke.
Another way to prevent or minimize the side effects of Nolvadex is by taking calcium supplements plus regular exercises. This is effective when having hot flashes when in the process of using Tamoxifen drugs. You can also do cardiovascular exercises when you are experiencing weight gain as a result of Nolvadex use. If the side effects still persist, consult with your doctor so that he/she can prescribe to you other medicines such as Megace and Clonidine, meant to treat these hot flashes or together contemplate the possibility of you taking a break from the use of this drug so as to stop or reduce the occurrence of hot flashes.
However, if you are feeling depressed or experiencing constant mood swings, which normally occur after or when using Nolvadex drugs, visit your physician to determine whether the depression and mood swings are really caused by Tamoxifen use. The doctor may advise you to take one or two months break from the use of the drug so as to lessen the mood swings and depression.
You should also share with your health care provider on the various ways you can curb other side effects of Nolvadex use such as nausea and vomiting. These side effects normally occur during the first weeks of taking this drug.
Please, describe any symptoms of vaginal dryness or itching to your gynecologist. This is because; these conditions normally accompany Tamoxifen drug use. Your doctor should therefore suggest to you a proper lubricant to use on your vaginal walls or better still suggest an over the counter medication for the same.
All in all, you should first consult with your doctor before suddenly stopping the taking of a prescribed dosage of Tamoxifen drug. This is because; your action may result into even more chronic body complications, which may expense you more in terms of medication. Wish you all the best as we try to fight and eliminate this deadly disease.