When you’re battling cancer, it’s time to pull out all the stops.
That often means combining the best natural solutions with the most effective options from mainstream medicine as well.
And for many women with breast cancer, that means taking tamoxifen to keep the disease at bay.
Tamoxifen has been around for decades because it works. In fact, taking the drug for five years can send your risk for dying from breast cancer plummeting.
And some researchers have begun pushing for a 10-year course of the drug.
Known as a selective estrogen receptor modulator, or SERM, the drug attaches itself to estrogen receptors in the breast. And once in place, it blocks estrogen from locking in and triggering the kinds of cell mutations that cause cancer.
Tamoxifen comes with sickening side effects
However, if you were waiting for a “but” you won’t be disappointed. Because there’s a BIG one.
Tamoxifen comes with an overwhelming list of side effects.
In fact, some of them are so extreme they can make a woman start to question her decision to take the drug in the first place.
Women on tamoxifen can expect to battle…
- bone pain
- hot flashes
- mood swings
- thinning hair
- vaginal dryness
- reduced sex drive
- memory problems
But it gets worse. FAR worse.
Toxic tamoxifen could send your cancer risk soaring
Tamoxifen can send your risk for blood clots, fatty liver, colon cancer, and stomach cancer climbing. And worst of all it could DOUBLE or even QUADRUPLE your risk for endometrial cancer.
For many women, in the end, the reward… surviving cancer… far outweighs the risks. But it’s easy to see why committing to taking this toxic drug is NOT an easy decision to make.
Now thanks to a new, frankly SHOCKING, study it might have just gotten a whole lot easier.
But if you, or someone you care about, has ever been on tamoxifen brace yourself. Because what you’re about to find out is likely going to make you very angry.
Low dose tamoxifen found to be JUST as effective
It turns out a low dose of tamoxifen could be every bit as effective as the standard high dose. In fact, women have been swallowing FOUR TIMES the amount they need to be.
In other words, they’ve been subjecting to far more severe side effects and risks than were necessary.
When the researchers did a head to head comparison between the standard 20 milligrams a day and just five milligrams the low-dose tamoxifen did the same job, locking into the estrogen receptors and reducing cancer risk.
But it came with FAR fewer sickening and potentially deadly side effects.
If you’re taking tamoxifen, or in the process of deciding if it’s for you, make sure to talk about your options with your oncologist. Taking a smaller dose could give the results you’re looking for with fewer risks.
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