Tamoxifen and Antidepressants
I am not sure if this topic has been discussed, but want to make sure people are award of interaction between some antidepressants and tamoxifen.
I am switching to tamoxifen from other AI due to side effects, when prescribing tamoxifen my oncologist did not ask about the anti-depression meds I was taking. Doing my own research on drug interactions and side effects. I found that some anti-depression medications reduces effect of tamoxifen. I contacted my oncologist who checked with pharmacist and verified the information. So, I am process of switching anti-depressions prior to starting tamoxifen.
The following articles explains interactions and has recommendation on anti-depression if taking tamoxifen:
So, my advice (from a non-medical professional):
– do not stop taking any anti-depressions or tamoxifen with out first talking to your doctor
– talk to your oncologist about any interactions between anti-depressions and tamoxifen
It is always changing, managing all the meds and side effects of this disease.