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Tamoxifen is the tablet which is used for the treatment of breast cancer in both men and women. Although in men this disease is very rare around 2000 men in the US are diagnosis with breast cancer. Tamoxifen works with the help of hormonal regulation therapy that stops the production estrogens in the body. But, why there is the need of halting the production of estrogen?

Reason behind Breast cancer (It has to be in)

Here is the answer to why production of estrogen is halted. Brest cancer happens due to the production of estrogens in the body of both male and female. Since it is the estrogen which is responsible for the production and formation of the breast, it is also able to trigger the breast cancer. Although this is rare in males yet it may happen. Cancer causing cells have the estrogen receptor. Estrogens combine with these receptors helps in the growth of cancer causing cells. This is the way there is a need of halting the estrogen production the body.

Being the SERM, this drug stops or minimizes the production of the estrogen. Hence, lesser will be the estrogen; lesser will be the chances of breast cancer.

In this piece of writing, we will be focusing on the different benefits and read more about side effects of Tamoxifen.

What can be the benefits of using this medication?

Now let’s understand what can be the different positive effects of the medicines on our body:

  1. Well, this is used for the cure of breast cancer, and hence this is the first advantage of using Tamoxifen. This medicine blocks the production of the estrogen receptors and doesn’t allow them to combine with cancer causing cells.
  2. In many women, it saves them from many heart diseases and also bone malfunctioning diseases.
  3. In women, this pill is used for preserving the fertility during the different chemotherapy sessions.
  4. For men, the drug helps in the halt the growth of their chest that may become breast due to the use of bodybuilding steroids.

All these benefits provoke the people to use this drug but there are many side effects that can happen due to this drug.

Side Effects

For both man and woman, there are different side effects and some of them are quite hazardous. Lets’ discuss these side effects in both cases one by one:

Side Effects of Tamoxifen in females

Followings are the different side effects of Tamoxifen in women:

  • In females, where this pill helps in improving the fertility, on the contrary, this drug also leads to cancer in the womb.
  • It leads to disturbed menstrual cycle.
  • It can result in the bleeding from vagina and also cause irritation along with irregular vaginal discharge.

Side effects in males

The following can be the possible side effects of Tamoxifen in men:


  • In men, it leads to the disability of sexual function. A man may not be able to produce sperms after the intake of this medicine.
  • Mood swings happen with the girls, but this behavior may occur in the males as well due to this drug.


Some common serious side effects


Now will be putting stress on some of the side-effects that are shown by both men and women. These side effects are common but quite dangerous:


  • It can lead to the loose in the visibility or cataract in the eyes.
  • It can lead to vein thrombosis that means the blood clot in the veins. There can be severe blood clots in the lugs as well.
  • It can lead to strokes.
  • Weight loss, tiredness, nausea, fever, skin allergy, body ache, head ache, etc. are some of the rarely occurring side effects due to this drug.


Tamoxifen is quite useful medicine, but some effects can lead the patients to more danger. You can also seek medical advice if they are showing these side effects during medication. Your doctor will help you understanding and get rid of these side effects.