Warning for breast cancer patients taking Tamoxifen - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/12/10

Warning for breast cancer patients taking Tamoxifen

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A warning for breast cancer patients taking Tamoxifen. A study finds the popular anti-depressant Paxil may block the effects of Tamoxifen, increasing a woman's risk of death from breast cancer. 

However, experts stress that women should not stop taking Tamoxifen.  In fact, there's not a problem with either drug by itself, for some reason it is just the combination of Paxil with Tamoxifen that appears dangerous to breast cancer patients. They say if a physician feels a patient on Tamoxifen needs an anti-depressant, they may want to consider another option.

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