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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Tamoxifen may cause deficiencies in beta-carotene. Discuss supplementation with your physician or pharmacist.1
• This drug may cause serum calcium levels to increase, and it is important to discuss calcium intake with your physician before using calcium supplements. Separate calcium and magnesium supplements from the medication by at least 2 hours.2
• A study has shown melatonin to be helpful when used together with Tamoxifen in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.3
• The following herbs may exhibit hormonal properties, this may inhibit the action of Tamoxifen: Black Cohosh, Bugleweed, Chaste Tree, Dong Quai, and False Unicorn Root.4
References1 Potischman N et al., Effects of breast cancer treatments on plasma nutrient levels: implications for epidemiological studies. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 1992 Nov-Dec, 1:7, 555-9.
2 Drug Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
3 Lissoni P, Barni S, Meregalli S, et al. Modulation of cancer endocrine therapy by melatonin: A phase II study of tamoxifen plus melatonin in metastatic breast cancer patients progression under tamoxifen alone. Br J Cancer 1995;71:854-56.
4 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996:21,45,63,282.
4 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
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