Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Carbamazepine, dexamethasone, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifabutin, rifampin, and St. John's wort may speed up how quickly your liver processes tamoxifen or toremifene. Toremifene may speed up how quickly your body processes phenytoin.
What might happen:
The amount of tamoxifen or toremifene in your blood may decrease and it may not work as well. If you are taking phenytoin, the amount of phenytoin in your blood may also decrease and it may not work as well.
What you should do about this interaction:
Make sure your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking these medicines together or if you have taken carbamazepine, dexamethasone, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifabutin, rifampin, or St. John's wort in the previous two weeks, or if you stop taking St. John's wort. Your doctor may want to adjust your medicines. If you are taking phenytoin with toremifene, your doctor may want to check your phenytoin levels.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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