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Is there any side effects for tamoxifen?

my wife is on tamoxifen and was advised to keep taking it for a total of ten year, is this the normal length of time and what could be the long term side affects of taking this for such a long period of time. Could you provide some pros & cons please

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Tim
Mon, 28 Apr 2014
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Hello,
It is a anti estrogen medicine used for treatment and prevention of breast cancer.
Longterm side effects are fatty liver,cirrhosis and Acute liver injury.
One must Kerp a track of liver tunction tests on regular basis whenever on tamoxifen for longterm use.
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