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Tamoxifin and weight gain

I finish 33 days of radiation tomorrow,yeah, but have to start taking Tomoxifin. I am worried about gaining a lot of weight and all the other side effects they mention. Is the weight gain that drastic? How about the hot flashes? I'm 46 yrs old and PMS is not fun for me.
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Hi,

I was exactly in your shoes four years ago.  I had just finished my radiation treatment, was 45 soon to be 46 and was put on tamoxifen.  I was pre-menopausal and the tamoxifen wrecked havoc with my periods.  I also gained weight.

I have to work really hard not to gain weight now.  I eat healthy, walk every day for 45 minutes and at least three days a week I do other exercises too.

It's really hard to say though if it is just the tamoxifen, as we get older it's harder to lose weight, and after taking tamoxifen I also started having trouble with my thyroid, which can also effect weight gain.

Anyway I have another year and a half and I can't wait to stop taking it to see if the weight does come off.
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I finished my radiation at the age of 42. I started to take Tamoxifen, but didn't have any side effects. I am still getting my period monthly. I am 45 today.
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Are you still on tamoxifen?
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I have been taking tamoxifen for about 3 months now. I have some bone pain which I can live with and mild headaches. I read about all those side effects also and was scared to take the medicine. But I had to. So far I am doing well on it. No weight gain. Everyones experience with this med is different. Like someone told me if symptons get to bad you can always stop taking the medicine. I wish you well.
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Thanks for your input. I appreciate the support.
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Hi
I am 36 and i had a total mastectomy last summer.
I had 8 phase of chemo and 24 course of radiation.
Now i have a problem in my legs,I can't walk normaly.
I have 2 times bone scan and those were normal.
But now i have many trouble i can't walk and i think i have no legs to stand on it.
Doctor has said this is a post radiation syndrome?
Is every body lead me?
Thanks.
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Yes, I am still taking tamoxifen, 2x a day. I will continue taking it until July 2009. I haven't had any problems. ( knock on wood). I started to read all the possible side effects, and then stopped. I didn't want to freak out.
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Im 39 and just stopped taking tamoxifen  I have gained over 40lbs and never really felt like myself for the entire treatment hope to soon feel good
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I am 41 now and started Tamoxifen last Nov after IDC, Stage 1, Grade 3.  Touch wood, but so far I have had no noticeable side effect.  Maybe a little and a I do mean a little weight gain, but that could be because I have developed a very sweet tooth of late and a little more fluid retention which I would have been suspectible to before the Tamoxifen.

All in all, I cannot complain.
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anyone taking Evista?  My Dr.wants me to take Evista instead of
Tamoxifin (tamoxifen)?  Your thoughts are most appreciated.
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