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    Drug Therapy or Medication (Tamoxifen and Anti-Depressants): Years before breast cancer I had taken Cymbalta for depression. My oncologist told me I would have to stop cymbalta, because anti-depressants interfere with tamoxifen's effectiveness. The ONLY anti-depressant you can take is effexor. I am NOT a physician or medical expert. I did research on this. Google tamoxifen and antidepressants.

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      Netsy

      Very interesting! Thanks for the information

      about 3 years ago
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    Nellie asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Tomixfen

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      deni57

      I have been on Tamoxifen for a year and half. The side effects do get better, but I cant wait until I am off. I am suffering from bones pain, hair loss, and the worst thing are the hot flashes. I thought a lot of time to get off it, but the peace that I feel about doing the right thing has no price. I am also taking Effexor and it has helped a lot. Keep on taking it, things will get better. Wish you the best

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      over 3 years ago
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      lorilaa

      I took that Tamoxifen for a month or so and had all sorts of side effects from it. The worst was feeling like I had the flu constantly. I was suppose to stay on it for five years I was told by my doctor but I told her to take me off of it because I couldn't live with the side effects everyday. I also had my side effects with the Effexor. It maybe helpful but it also has some nasty side effects. I would get bad headaches from it in the bad of my head and up my neck, the most painful headaches I've ever had. I went to the emergency room twice because they were so bad. I got off of it as soon as I could. Don't just quit Effexor you have to gradually come off of it if you decide to quit it. I was told it was dangerous to just quit taking it that you have to have your doctor regulate your dosage to wean off of it. It can cause cataracts and vision problems also. I change to a medicine with less side effects that works just as well if not better. Hope you figure out what is causing the problems for you.

      over 3 years ago
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      Nellie

      I stopped tamoxifen on august 18th. the emotional side effect went away and the horrible leg cramps that i thought were the shoes i was wearing!! saw onc last week he wants me to try it again, i agreed to try it again! i believe my hair had started growing more and i gained back some of the weight i had lost. i will start back on it tomorrow!!!

      about 3 years ago
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    Nellie posted an update

    One year ago today, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It has been a journey! Thanks to my friends and family who supported me through it all....and WHATNEXTERS!!!! To all who are still fighting, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!

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      GregP_WN

      Hey!! Happy Cancerversary!! Sorry I'm late getting on this. Hope you're doing well and thanks for the update and being with us.

      over 3 years ago
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    Nellie posted an update

    First mammogram in a year and results are normal!!

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    Nellie wrote on romylee06's wall

    Glad you are here!!! I'm also in Topeka!!! I was diagnosed 11 months ago also!!! July 19, 2012.

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    Nellie wrote on carm's wall

    Hi Carm!!!
    Just wanted to let you know I got the BRCA test done and it was NEGATIVE, also did the BART and it was negative. My application at cancer1source has been so messed up with getting all my paperwork from the genetist!!! Anyway, I talked with Deb at cancer1source and she said they would try and work with me, however they are out of funds at this time. Insurance covered a majority of the payment, but still have some out of pocket to pay. Thanks for all your help, I APPRECIATE IT!!!!!