Chronic Yeast Infections While On Tamoxifen

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Spoons Says:


I had a breast reduction in 2014, the biopsies they did on both breasts showed that I have pre cancer cells. It took me a year to make the decision to go on tamoxifen and started in Jan 2016. Since then, all my peri systems have increased but tollerable...hot flashes, night sweats, hair loss. The one thing that isn't tolerable are the constant yeast infections I have gotten since (5 documented w/obgyn and 2 self diagnosed and using otc meds). Is anyone else on tamoxifen having these SE's and what is being done? Knowing this isn't one of the higher side effects, I feel like my docs aren't taking me serious. I also have Mirena (IUD) in and thought that the two together may be the issue, but again the docs say no. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated...please and ty



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Spoons! How are you doing? I am sorry about the problems you've been having.

Chronic vulvovaginal candidisis is listed by the FDA as a known side effect of Tamoxifen, along with nausea, loss of libido, bone pain, and depression. However, it can also cause vaginal itch and discharge, so not all instances may be yeast infections.

It is also normal for such perimenopause symptoms to worsen. The Mirena IUD could also contribute to them worsening. I've found the Prozac helps mine, so you may want to ask your doctor if it safe for you to try it.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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