Tamoxifen and pro biotics


When taking tamoxifen, is it normal to get really cold? And have gas at night (that smells quite bad)? Should I buy probiotic yoghurt drinks?

I also wanted to ask if it’s ok to have some wine?

Sorry these are probably daft questions. Thanks for any help.

Hi mlp74

Thanks for posting your enquiry. Your questions are valid, so never feel that your questions are daft.

Tamoxifen has possible side effects, such as indigestion, so it maybe that the gas you’re experiencing, is as a result of these tablets.

It’s important to report any side effects you’re having, to your breast care nurse or GP, as they are best placed to advise if taking probiotic drinks will help with this.

Feeling cold isn’t a commonly reported side effect. However, it’s a good idea to let your GP or treatment team know about this.

It’s important to have a nutritional, balanced diet, which is good for overall health. Drinking small amounts of alcohol is unlikely to cause side effects when taking tamoxifen. However, it is advisable to limit the amount to within the government recommendations.

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