TAMOXIFEN CITRATE- tamoxifen citrate tablet, film coated 
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MEDICATION GUIDE

Tamoxifen Citrate Tablets USP

Rx only

Written for women who use tamoxifen citrate tablets to lower their high chance of getting breast cancer or who have ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

This Medication Guide discusses only the use of tamoxifen citrate tablets to lower the chance of getting breast cancer in high-risk women and in women treated for DCIS.

People taking tamoxifen citrate tablets to treat breast cancer have different benefits and different decisions to make than high-risk women or women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) taking tamoxifen citrate tablets to reduce the chance of getting breast cancer. If you already have breast cancer, talk with your doctor about how the benefits of treating breast cancer with tamoxifen citrate tablets compare to the risks that are described in this document.

Why should I read this Medication Guide?

This guide has information to help you decide whether to use tamoxifen citrate tablets to lower your chance of getting breast cancer.

You and your doctor should talk about whether the possible benefit of tamoxifen citrate tablets in lowering your high chance of getting breast cancer is greater than its possible risks. Your doctor has a special computer program or hand-held calculator to tell if you are in the high-risk group. If you have DCIS and have been treated with surgery and radiation therapy, your doctor may prescribe tamoxifen citrate tablets to decrease your chance of getting invasive (spreading) breast cancer.

Read this guide carefully before you start tamoxifen citrate tablets. It is important to read the information you get each time you get more medicine. There may be something new. This guide does not tell you everything about tamoxifen citrate tablets and does not take the place of talking with your doctor.

Only you and your doctor can determine if tamoxifen citrate tablets are right for you.

What is the most important information I should know about using tamoxifen citrate tablets to reduce the chance of getting breast cancer?

Tamoxifen citrate tablets are a prescription medicine that is like estrogen (female hormone) in some ways and different in other ways. In the breast, tamoxifen citrate tablets can block estrogen’s effects. Because it does this, tamoxifen citrate tablets may block the growth of breast cancers that need estrogen to grow (cancers that are estrogen- or progesterone-receptor positive).

Tamoxifen citrate tablets can lower the chance of getting breast cancer in women with a higher than normal chance of getting breast cancer in the next five years (high-risk women) and women with DCIS. Because high-risk women don’t have cancer yet, it is important to think carefully about whether the possible benefit of tamoxifen citrate tablets in lowering the chance of getting breast cancer is greater than its possible risks.

This Medication Guide reviews the risks and benefits of using tamoxifen citrate tablets to reduce the chance of getting breast cancer in high-risk women and women with DCIS. This guide does not discuss the special benefits and decisions for people who already have breast cancer.

Why do women and men use tamoxifen citrate tablets?

Tamoxifen citrate tablets have more than one use. Tamoxifen citrate tablets are used:

  1. to lower the chance of getting breast cancer in women with a higher than normal chance of getting breast cancer in the next 5 years (high-risk women)
  2. to lower the chance of getting invasive (spreading) breast cancer in women who had surgery and radiation for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). DCIS means the cancer is only inside the milk ducts.
  3. to treat breast cancer in women after they have finished early treatment. Early treatment can include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Tamoxifen citrate tablets may keep the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body. It may also reduce the woman’s chance of getting a new breast cancer.
  4. in women and men, to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic breast cancer).

This guide talks only about using tamoxifen citrate tablets to lower the chance of getting breast cancer (#1 and #2 above).

What are the benefits of tamoxifen citrate tablets to lower the chance of getting breast cancer in high-risk women and in women treated for DCIS?

A large U.S. study looked at high-risk women and compared the ones who took tamoxifen citrate tablets for 5 years with others who took a pill without tamoxifen citrate (placebo). High-risk women were defined as women who have a 1.7% or greater chance of getting breast cancer in the next 5 years, based on a special computer program. In this study:

The study showed that on average, high-risk women who took tamoxifen citrate tablets lowered their chances of getting breast cancer by 44%, from 7 in 1,000 to 4 in 1,000.

Another U.S. study looked at women with DCIS and compared those who took tamoxifen citrate tablets for 5 years with others who took a placebo. In this study:

The study showed that on average, women with DCIS who took tamoxifen citrate tablets lowered their chances of getting invasive (spreading) breast cancer by 43%, from 17 in 1,000 to 10 in 1,000.

These studies do not mean that taking tamoxifen citrate tablets will lower your personal chance of getting breast cancer. We do not know what the benefits will be for any one woman who takes tamoxifen citrate tablets to reduce her chance of getting breast cancer.

What are the risks of tamoxifen citrate tablets?

In the studies described under "What are the benefits of tamoxifen citrate tablets?", the high-risk women who took tamoxifen citrate tablets got certain side effects at a higher rate than those who took a placebo. Some of these side effects can cause death.

In one study, in women who still had their uterus:

These results show that, on average, in high-risk women who still had their uterus, tamoxifen citrate tablets doubled the chance of getting endometrial cancer from 1 in 1,000 to 2 in 1,000, and it increased the chance of getting uterine sarcoma. This does not mean that taking tamoxifen citrate tablets will double your personal chance of getting endometrial cancer or increase your chance of getting uterine sarcoma. We do not know what this risk will be for any one woman. The risk is different for women who no longer have their uterus.

For all women in this study, taking tamoxifen citrate tablets increased the risk of having a blood clot in their lungs or veins, or of having a stroke. In some cases, women died from these effects.

Tamoxifen citrate tablets increased the risk of getting cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye) or needing cataract surgery. (See "What are the possible side effects of tamoxifen citrate tablets?" for more details about side effects.)

What don’t we know about taking tamoxifen citrate tablets to reduce the chance of getting breast cancer?

We don’t know:

Studies are being done to learn more about the long-term benefits and risks of using tamoxifen citrate tablets to reduce the chance of getting breast cancer.

What are the possible side effects of tamoxifen citrate tablets?

The most common side effect of tamoxifen citrate tablets is hot flashes. This is not a sign of a serious problem.

The next most common side effect is vaginal discharge. If the discharge is bloody, it could be a sign of a serious problem. [See "Changes in the lining (endometrium) or body of your uterus" below.]

Less common but serious side effects of tamoxifen citrate tablets are listed below. These can occur at any time. Call your doctor right away if you have any signs of side effects listed below:

These are not all the possible side effects of tamoxifen citrate tablets. For a complete list, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Who should not take tamoxifen citrate tablets?

Do not take tamoxifen citrate tablets for any reason if you

If you get pregnant while taking tamoxifen citrate tablets, stop taking them right away and contact your doctor. Tamoxifen citrate tablets may harm your unborn baby.

Do not take tamoxifen citrate tablets to lower your chance of getting breast cancer if:

How should I take tamoxifen citrate tablets?

What should I avoid while taking tamoxifen citrate tablets?

What should I do while taking tamoxifen citrate tablets?

General information about the safe and effective use of tamoxifen citrate tablets

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Your doctor has prescribed tamoxifen citrate tablets only for you. Do not give them to other people, even if they have a similar condition, because it may harm them. Do not use them for a condition for which they were not prescribed.

This Medication Guide is a summary of information about tamoxifen citrate tablets for women who use tamoxifen citrate tablets to lower their high chance of getting breast cancer or who have DCIS. If you want more information about tamoxifen citrate tablets, ask your doctor or pharmacist. They can give you information about tamoxifen citrate tablets that is written for health professionals. For more information about tamoxifen citrate tablets or breast cancer, call 1-888-838-2872.

Ingredients: tamoxifen citrate, croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose, lactose (monohydrate), magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol 400, povidone, corn starch, and titanium dioxide.

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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Rev. C 8/2008

Revised: 06/2012
 
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