For those that are diagnosed early with breast cancer or you have late stage or advanced breast cancer that has spread, your doctor may recommend taking Nolvadex D (also called Nolvadex). You may also be prescribed Nolvadex D to take after surgery, chemo, and radiation therapies are done in order to help stop the cancer from returning.
If you are a premenopausal woman, Nolvadex D or generic Tamoxifen Citrate could be the first choice for treatment and also for postmenopausal women that cannot take an aromatase inhibitor as their first-line therapy. Men are also at risk for breast cancer and may be prescribed Nolvadex D for treating it but it will not prevent breast cancer from occurring. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Nolvadex D is a selective estrogen receptor modulator, or SERM. When taken as directed, Tamoxifen Citrate will work to block the estrogen receptors in your breast cells so there is no room for estrogen and it is not able to attach to the cell. As long as estrogen is not attached to a breast cell, there is no signal received to grow and multiply. The hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers grow from estrogen so by reducing or blocking this hormone, you are able to lower your risk of this cancer recurring.
If you are at an increased risk for breast cancer, you may be advised that Nolvadex D can help reduce this risk. Estrogen-receptor positive breast cancers are more common than estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer that are also progesterone-receptor-positive. Hormonal therapy is not the same as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that some women opt for to reduce their menopausal symptoms by lowering the levels of essential hormones.
Some women may choose to have their ovaries removed as a pre-emptive maneuver to reduce the risk of estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer so the cancer cells will not be activated without the presence of estrogen. Your ovaries are the main source for estrogen, but not the only source. Early diagnosis is very important for successful treatment.
Be certain that you are not pregnant or breast feeding before taking Nolvadex D. You and your partner or spouse must use a reliable non-hormonal birth control such as a condom, or non-hormonal intra-uterine device (IUD) during treatment and for at least 2 months after treatment ends. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies with your doctor and list all OTC and Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal remedies, and dietary or vitamin supplements to determine if changes will be required so you can safely take Nolvadex D.
Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medications without talking to your doctor as this could affect how Nolvadex D will work for you. Keep Nolvadex D and other drugs out of children’s reach and never share any medicine with others.