Heart racing: Tamoxifen side effects or other causes?

Posted by batm @batm, Jun 13 11:51am

Has anyone had issues with a racing heart rate while on tamoxifen? I’ve been on it a little over a year with minor issues (hot flashes) but now have an increased heart rate. Same thing happened in prior year after only about a month on Arimedex.

I developed anxiety issues about 9 months after chemo and radiation for breast cancer. I had been on tamoxifen about 8 months. Blood pressure became high and had heart palpitations (racing heart beat). Wore heart monitor. Heart was fine. Started blood pressure medicine (amlodipine) and carvedilol for heart palpitations. On the lowest dose of both. Also began seeing a counselor. Seems to have helped the most. Fatigue, anxiety, nausea, hot flashes…all side effects of tamoxifen…I have them all. Oh, and also taking Eliquus to guard against blood clots. It has been a year and a half now and I just try to make each day the best it can be. Oncologist still thinks it is the best for me. Started taking two 10 mg tabs just before bed about 2 months ago. The two tabs are seeming to be a little better for me for whatever reason. Pharmacist said she had heard that from others. I also do meditation and deep breathing exercises. Just hard to know what will help with all he craziness that is going on. Take care!

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@mugs24cancer

I developed anxiety issues about 9 months after chemo and radiation for breast cancer. I had been on tamoxifen about 8 months. Blood pressure became high and had heart palpitations (racing heart beat). Wore heart monitor. Heart was fine. Started blood pressure medicine (amlodipine) and carvedilol for heart palpitations. On the lowest dose of both. Also began seeing a counselor. Seems to have helped the most. Fatigue, anxiety, nausea, hot flashes…all side effects of tamoxifen…I have them all. Oh, and also taking Eliquus to guard against blood clots. It has been a year and a half now and I just try to make each day the best it can be. Oncologist still thinks it is the best for me. Started taking two 10 mg tabs just before bed about 2 months ago. The two tabs are seeming to be a little better for me for whatever reason. Pharmacist said she had heard that from others. I also do meditation and deep breathing exercises. Just hard to know what will help with all he craziness that is going on. Take care!

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Couldn't agree more on how the times may be affecting us. A few weeks into the Shelter-in-Place announcement, I began to experience internal tremor… something often associated with Parkinson's disease (which I don't have). As soon as I recognized it as a subconscious anxiety reaction to the Covid-19 business, it went away… and I upped my meditation practice time (which includes deep-breathing) to help calm my subconscious fears.

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I agree that the anxiety I am feeling is partially from my cancer journey/meds., then adding shelter in place, plus the social unrest we are experiencing! Cancer is stressful enough all by itself, and now we add the social isolation to avoid coronavirus, plus the social injustices we read about everyday in the news! I just want to hide inside my house all by myself! Thankfully, I’m a gardener! We moved about 5 years ago to a much smaller home with a very tiny yard, no mowing! But I have plenty of containers for gardening and I can release some of the pent up stress!

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I agree that the anxiety I am feeling is partially from my cancer journey/meds., then adding shelter in place, plus the social unrest we are experiencing! Cancer is stressful enough all by itself, and now we add the social isolation to avoid coronavirus, plus the social injustices we read about everyday in the news! I just want to hide inside my house all by myself! Thankfully, I’m a gardener! We moved about 5 years ago to a much smaller home with a very tiny yard, no mowing! But I have plenty of containers for gardening and I can release some of the pent up stress!

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Ditto…I agree! We have lots of bird feeders and a lot of birds this year. I love watching the birds. I do go out and walk a Mike and a half to 2 miles a day. Try to find some shady paths as it is heating up in Missouri. Just so much to think about but I try to stay occupied so I don’t have as mush time to just sit and think. Sometimes I feel as if there is a hamster running on a wheel and he just will not get off the worry wheel…lol. Take care! Nice to “talk” to you.

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Ditto…I agree! We have lots of bird feeders and a lot of birds this year. I love watching the birds. I do go out and walk a Mike and a half to 2 miles a day. Try to find some shady paths as it is heating up in Missouri. Just so much to think about but I try to stay occupied so I don’t have as mush time to just sit and think. Sometimes I feel as if there is a hamster running on a wheel and he just will not get off the worry wheel…lol. Take care! Nice to “talk” to you.

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I currently live in Salt Lake City. But I’m originally from Oakville, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. I know the heat and humidity well in Missouri.

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I currently live in Salt Lake City. But I’m originally from Oakville, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. I know the heat and humidity well in Missouri.

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We are on the Kansas City side. We live in St. Joseph.

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