Tablets: 10 milligrams.
Nolvadex is prescribed for the treatment of invasive breast cancer, the most common type of breast cancer, following surgery and/or radiation and for preventing invasive breast cancer in women at high risk for developing it.
Nolvadex is prescribed for the treatment of women following surgery and radiation for a less common type of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS or intraductal carcinoma). Women who have had ductal carcinoma in situ are at high risk for developing invasive breast cancer at a later date, and Nolvadex prevents development of the invasive cancer in almost half of the women during the first five years of treatment.
Occasionally, Nolvadex is prescribed to stimulate ovulation.
Nolvadex, an anticancer drug, is given to treat breast cancer. It also has proved effective when cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Nolvadex is most effective in stopping the kind of breast cancer that thrives on estrogen.
Nolvadex is also prescribed to reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer following surgery and radiation therapy for ductal carcinoma in situ. The drug can also be prescribed to reduce the odds of breast cancer in women at high risk of developing the disease. It does not completely eliminate your chances, but in a five-year study of over 1,500 high-risk women, it slashed the number of cases by 44 percent.
Nolvadex should be taken at doses specifically directed by the physician. Currently, long term dosing is recommended (in excess of 2 years). Nolvadex can be taken with food.
Breast Cancer Treatment
The daily dosage ranges from 20 to 40 mg. If you are taking more than 20 mg a day, your doctor will have you divide the total into 2 smaller doses taken in the morning and evening. Nolvadex comes in 10- and 20-mg tablets.
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
The recommended dose is 20 mg once daily for 5 years.
Breast Cancer Prevention
The recommended dose is 20 mg once a day for up to 5 years.
Safety and efficacy in children have not been established.
The most common side effects associated with Nolvadex are:
- Abnormal menstrual periods;
- Hot flashes;
- Weight gain;
Nolvadex side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Hot Flashes;