• Anyone have any information on Tamoxifen and Bladder/UTI Infections?

    Asked by kathyk333 on Sunday, July 6, 2014

    Anyone have any information on Tamoxifen and Bladder/UTI Infections?

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    • moreorless' Avatar
      moreorless

      Tamoxifen and Arimidex both block estrogen which cause the same symptoms as menopause vaginal dryness being one of them. I had UTI or yeast infection right up untill I got off the estrogen blockers. There are meds that may help prevent them just make sure they do not contain estrogen. The antibiotics helped but then the infections came back a week later Just let your medical team know and hopefully by now they will have something that will help you prevent them

      about 7 years ago
    • MelanieIIB's Avatar
      MelanieIIB (Best Answer!)

      Are you asking if Tamoxifen can cause bladder infections? I googled that and here is a site that has an article that says it could. http://jamesasimonmd.com/blog/2012/07/30/breast-cancer-treatment/. There were a few other sites that seemed to indicate it is possible. I guess it would help to talk with your doctor.

      Not meaning to get personal, but I'll just tell you my problem with bladder infections since beginning cancer treatment and what has helped tremendously. (I also take Tamoxifen...been taking it 8 months.) While I was on chemo, I was afraid to have intimate relations with my husband because I did not want him to be contaminated by chemo. We were told by my oncologist there were a certain number of days after receiving chemo to refrain. I figured if we're being told to refrain a few days, there's a chance there is a risk longer than just a few days. Well inactivity in addition to vaginal dryness from all the treatments made intimacy extremely painful. My oncologist suggested some moisturizers to use: a product called, "Moist Her", "Replens", coconut oil. After trying the first two products, it was still painful and I would develop bladder infections. I was skeptical but since my oncologist mentioned it we decided to try the coconut oil......what a difference!! It has helped the pain tremendously. You buy it from the cooking oil section of a store, like Walmart. (There is coconut oil that is unscented.) It is solid like crisco but melts very fast. I had also seen a urologist for something else and mentioned my bladder infection problem after intimate relations with my husband. He gave me a prescription for Nitrofurantoin Macrocystal. You take one pill after intimacy and one the next day. I have not gotten a bladder infection since. Definitely ask your oncologist about it if there is a correlation of intimacy with your bladder infections.

      about 7 years ago
    • TinaLeigh's Avatar
      TinaLeigh

      Coconut oil is safe to use vaginally?

      about 7 years ago
    • TinaLeigh's Avatar
      TinaLeigh

      I have been on tamoxifen for 10 months now. No bladder infections or uti's but extremely dry down there. I didn't think coconut oil would be safe to use I was thinking about getting some ky but I don't want to get any kidney bladder or ureter problems

      about 7 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      My primary care physician gave me a prescription for Estrace, and she said that oncologists say its OK for a breast cancer patient to use estrogen vaginally a minimal number of times per week, which is a dosage less than normally prescribed. I can't remember the exact number she prescribed, but I usually only remember it once a week on the weekend, and it's enough for me. The theory is that using estrogen vaginally keeps it from going all over your body like taking a pill.

      Technically the urinary tract infections are caused by a lack of estrogen for any reason, including menopause, no ovaries, etc. (I don't take Tamoxifen.)

      about 7 years ago
    • MelanieIIB's Avatar
      MelanieIIB

      My oncologist is the one who told me about coconut oil. Definitely talk with your oncologist about it and if it would be harmful.

      about 7 years ago
    • Mpls62's Avatar
      Mpls62

      While on Tamoxifen I got a UTI every 5 to 6 weeks. Changed to Arimidex and still had UTIs every 5 to 6 weeks. Family GP doctor put me on a maintenance antibiotic that I take when I start feeling the symptoms. Surprisingly around the sixth month on Arimidex, UTIs stopped. Check with you OBGYN and see if there is an antibiotic you can go on. good luck.

      about 7 years ago
    • kathyk333's Avatar
      kathyk333

      Thank you so much for the responses, I took a few notes here it was super helpful!

      about 7 years ago
    • moreorless' Avatar
      moreorless

      My oncologist said no to the creams that have estrogen at first but when nothing else was working he said try it it worked but my cancer has spread was it the estrogen until further studies are doe we will not know for certain but then is life worth living if you cannot be intimate or if you have an infection all the time. sorry but at age 70 quality is as important as quanity

      about 7 years ago
    • yvonme's Avatar
      yvonme

      so how dp you use the coanut oil.i am aimadex and i am taking a all naturally bladder fluse called hormo ey.and it does a good job but i still feel a little bit of bladder in fection.?

      almost 4 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Yvonme, since this question is over 3 years old, it's possible you won't get an answer. If you still feel like you have a bladder infection, you need to tell your doctor, get a urine specimen and if infection is verified get an antibiotic.

      Sometimes it takes more than one prescription of antibiotics to get rid of a bladder infection, so you should always have a re-check to see if it's gone.

      almost 4 years ago

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