I’ve been on it for 4 months and I’m having anxiety from the side affects and the thought of what can happen . I am on 20 mg and was thinking of lowering it but haven’t spoken to my oncologist yet . My oncho type score was a 22 so I’m not sure my doc will allow it
@A MyBCTeam Member: are you actually having side effects or are you just worried you might get side effects?
I've been on 20mg for 4 months and have no side effects. I give it zero thought - just down it like any other pill and get on with the day. 😉
@A MyBCTeam Member - I’ve been on Lexapro for a year and am hesitant to switch to Effexor since I’m currently do well on both. Lexapro interferes minimally. Why rock the boat if I feel good is my thought. The psychiatrist has many patients on my combination, but Effexor is preferred. I’m at Sloane-Kettering. I think my oncologist would prefer me to switch but I don’t have to.
Let me know what you decide....I be interested in hearing about how you do. Kathryn 💕
I would discuss your side effect of anxiety with your oncologist. Effexor is a good anti anxiety med and is often used with tamoxifen. It helps reduce hot flashes as well. In fact it is often prescribed by oncologists just for reducing hot flashes, it is low dose. Something to ask about and you’ll get the dual benefit.
I’ve read some women take half the pill in the morning and half at night to reduce side effects.
My Oncotype is 21 and by taking Tamoxifen, my recurrence rate drops dramatically from 25% to 13%. I opted to do chemo as well to bring it down to 8-10%.
Been taking 20mg tamoxifen since July 2019. And having lots of side effects. I choose to accept the effects for now because I do not want my cancer to come back. Pain in my feet burning aches in the bottom of both feet. Hot sweats like droplets rolling off my forehead. Clammy sweat on my back. And sleepless nights. I hope that it will ease up but for now accepting the effects.