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What are the side effects of tamoxifen as a treatment for breast cancer?

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  • For women, the side effects of tamoxifen are similar to some of the symptoms of menopause. Two of the most common ones are hot flashes and vaginal discharge. Other problems for women may include: Vaginal dryness or itching
  • Irregular periods
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin rash
  • Fatigue
  • Water retention and weight gain

The side effects may be similar to menopause, but tamoxifen doesn’t trigger menopause.

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American Cancer Society: "Breast Cancer Hormone Therapy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 8, 2019

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American Cancer Society: "Breast Cancer Hormone Therapy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 8, 2019

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