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Topic: Fatigue from tamoxifen- did it go away for you?

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Posted on: Feb 2, 2017 03:22PM

crisw wrote:

I switched to tamoxifen after being unable to tolerate exemestane. I've been on it for 6 weeks and seem to be tolerating it well- no side effects except for that, in the last week, I've been having some fatigue, which seems to be getting a bit worse.

I've read a lot of posts from the people who've had bad experiences, but I've been unable to find any hard data on whether the fatigue is likely to resolve with time. I didn't have any fatigue on the exemestane (but had every other side effect imaginable!) I know tamoxifen is a lot rougher on premenopausal women but I'm post-menopausal.

Dx 12/24/2015, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 1/10/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/10/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 5/25/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/5/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/16/2016 Aromasin (exemestane), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 2, 2017 04:13PM sportsee wrote:

I *thought* I had some fatigue in the beginning, but that's hard to say being a mom of 3 energetic kids ;) - however, good news to report - zero other side effects so far, knock on wood :)

Hormonal Therapy 1/9/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/25/2017 Lumpectomy: Right
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Feb 2, 2017 11:51PM Lovinggrouches wrote:

I had fatigue but insomnia at the same time. I now take sleeping pill. Have some hip and joint pain, nausea in the beginning. Going on seven months now!

+ PALB2 VUS. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Oncotype score of 14 Dx 1/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/24/2016 Lumpectomy Surgery 3/22/2016 Radiation Therapy 4/13/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Surgery 6/8/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 7/16/2016
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Feb 4, 2017 09:42AM jojo9999 wrote:

in my experience of 2+ years of tamox is that the side effects are constantly changing - have had insomnia and fatigue, hot flashes and chills, dry skin, headaches - never sure how much is tamox vs. approaching menopause.

Dx 8/2014, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 9/7/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 11/10/2014 Hormonal Therapy 12/22/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 4, 2017 09:44AM pupmom wrote:

I switched from Exemestane to Tamoxifen also, and have never felt any fatigue. Hot flashes, yes, but now that is very reduced.

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 8, 2017 02:41AM TJL3 wrote:

I've been on Tamoxifen for 4 months and I do have fatigue. If I am able, I take an afternoon nap! The fatigue is real. I hope it gets better for you :

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