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Re: No more Teva tamoxifen?

Hi All,

I was originally on the Teva brand of tamoxifen and took that for 11 months. No major issues just the expected hot flushes. As Teva no longer make the 20 mg tablet I've swapped to the Wockhart version of Tamoxifen. The pharmacy were very helpful and checked the "other ingredients" to see which of the 2 available brands was the closest match to Teva.

I know in theory that their should be no difference. However within 3 days of being on Wockhart an itchy red rash appeared where I'd had the radiotheraphy. I mentioned this at my recent hospital appointment and was made to feel like an idiot because I said it's only since I changed brand that this has happened.

I was asked if I'd been out in the sun, my turn to look at the surgeon like he was an idiot.... I live in North Yorkshire and its not been warm and sunny here since Easter!

Anyway I have an appointment in 3 months to see if the rash has settled and in the mean time I've conducted a rather unscientific experiment by swapping back to some Teva tablets. Hey presto the rash went away. After a week I swapped back to Wockhart and what do you know the rash is back.

It seems to be worse during the gym sessions where I sweat a lot then it goes very red and itchy. 

Due to go on an activity holiday soon and slightly concern how my skin will react to some sun as I'll be outside more than normal, but not sun bathing.

Fingers crossed it gets no worse or settles down. 

 

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Hi

Teva is just one of the brands of tamoxifen. There seem to be a few brands out there and lots of people report differences in the side effects depending on which brand they take, even though the active ingredient is the same. Teva has been better than Wockhardt brand for me but it may be different for other people. But now Teva have stopped making the 20mg tamoxifen tablet - so I need to try a different brand. Which one are you on? Do you have side effects?

Thanks

Becky

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Hi there x I'm a year in the clear and on tamoxifen. Just reading this and wandering what is teva? Is it different? Xxx 


@KarenMc20 wrote:

I tried to get my prescription for Teva brand of tamoxifen filled yesterday but was advised by the pharmacist that Teva have stopped making it. I’ve contacted Teva and they’ve replied as follows:

Please accept my sincere apologies that this product has been discontinued and is no longer available for sale.

We constantly review our product portfolio and look at the products that sit within it. This is something we do routinely and the decision to discontinue any product is made only where necessary, due to supply and demand. Please accept my apologies once again as we do fully understand the importance of all of our products to patients and this decision is never made lightly.

I apologise that the only advice we are able to give you would be to speak to your GP in relation to alternative products.”

 

I have some Mylan to try but am worried about what new/different side effects I’ll get! 


 

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Hi all although I am not on tamoxifen, I have been taking anastrozole since September last year, was given Accord brand since starting, yes I did get side effects, hot flushes and joint pain but on the whole found it manageable most of the time, then last month I was given wockhardt  brand and after a week on these I was experiencing severe joint pain and more hot flushes, carried on taking them for the month but spoke to the pharmacist and asked not to be given wockhardt  again, luckily I have been given Accord this month and although still having joint pain it has reduced to be manageable again. I am not saying I would not try a different brand but wockhardt  is horrendous for me, best wishes to you all  Eileen  x

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Hi I've just been told about Teva 20mg tamoxifen being discontinued. I've been on tamoxifen since Sept and suffered badly with hot flushes/night sweats at first. Think I was on Wockhardt then. When I went on Teva everything settled down (after a while) and I thought it was just my body getting used to tamoxifen, so I tried Wockhardt again (it seems to be the one my local pharmacy can easily get). But no, hot flushes returned quickly and so I went searching for Teva. Again it took a while for side effects to improve, but in the end they did.

So I'm not at all keen on taking Wockhardt, but I would value any advice as to other brands which might be manageable for me. I've been offered Mylan and will probably give it a try. Any others which anyone has tried?

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Hi Yorkshire Tyke

Yes fingers crossed Wockhardt works for you - I’d be really interested to hear how you get on with that brand if you don’t mind coming back on here? I think that’s another of the big brands.

Evie xx

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Hi Ladies,

 

I'm in the same position as you. I've been on Teva for 1 year now and had no major issues with it. Called in to collect my prescription last weekend only to find I'd been given a different brand which really upset me.

 

Contacted Teva and got the same bland corporate response.

 

Spoke to the Pharmacy and they've given me Wockhardt to try. Decided to try it before I completely run out of the Teva to see how I get on.

 

Fingers crossed that my side effects stays as they are (hot flushes) which I can cope with.

 

If not I will ask GP for the 10mg tablets

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Hi,

I have been on teva tamoxifen now for 6 & 1/2 years, these are the only ones that agree with me, I have emailed teva, told me that they had been discontinued but 10mg are available for now, don’t know how long, waiting on doctor ring me tomorrow about this, the pharmacist said eventually there will be no teva in any medication, I said it’s a big company, but my opinion is it’s all due to cost, I got put on another brand been on it 5 days been getting really bad cramps and bloating in my stomach and the joint pain is much worse, I know I am lucky enough at having been on them for a few years, but the way I feel if can’t even get the 10mg I’m thinking of stopping. 

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Hi Anne

Thanks so much for letting me know that info about Teva - wow that's a huge difference in price, I wonder why Teva is stopping the 20mg tablets. I'd be really interested to hear what your GP says about taking a 10mg dose. I'm going to speak to my GP/consultant too. 

Thanks again

Evie xx

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Hi Evie

 

I was at the surgery today & my GP is going to look at what he can do to get the teva. Apparently to give the 20mg (2 x 10mg) dose is over £100 difference in cost to say wockhardt (1 x 20mg). He is going to look at any research that states difference in effectiveness of 10mg v 20mg dose daily. 

So it is all down to costs. To me, I’d be happy to just take the 10 rather than nothing - I can’t go back to how I was before I found the Teva. 

 

Anne

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Hi Anne - thanks for posting that info, I will need to speak to my GP/pharmacist to see about getting the 10mg tablets too. I'd be interested to hear how you get on with your GP today.

Evie xx

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Hello ladies. 

 

I spoke to to a lady at Teva after being told they no longer make tamoxifen. I tried other brands before finding Teva - actually stopped taking it all together as I couldn’t get out of bed with the bone pain. They ARE still making tamoxifen - just not in the 20mg tablet. They are still making 10mg tablets. I didn’t think this would be a problem - just take 2 rather than 1 tablet?! Unfortunately it seems that it comes down to cost. 😡 I’m seeing my GP on Wednesday to see if i can get the script (my pharmacy has already got them in). I’ve been taking Wokhardt in the interim and the bone pain is back. My only other option seems to be ditching it all together and take my chances. 

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I have been on Teva for the past year and also was given a different brand last month. I was lucky with Teva as had no side effects. Touch wood no side effects with this one it is made by Actavis if that helps anyone. 

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That’s so lucky! I’m jealous!! Whenever I’ve had my prescription, it’s always had to be ordered in for me no matter where I tried...Boots or small independents. I was told supplies will run out eventually so decided I may as well get started on a new brand now, but I’m very grumpy about it! 

I get joint pain so maybe another brand will be better...I’m clinging on to that hope! x 

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Hello Ladies, I have always used the Teva brand and when my well known pharmacy told me they couldn't get it any more I was beside myself. As if we don't have enough to cope with!! I also emailed Teva and was told the same as you it had been discontinued. What Now?! I mentioned it to my doctor and she said to try independent chemists. They can reach out to more suppliers. So that's what I did. My first call I was so lucky, he had a draw full of Teva. Ten minutes later I was standing in front of him with my prescription. He must've thought I was mad! I mentioned about it being discontinued and he said he hadn't heard that . I explained my dilemma about sticking to the same brand. He said no problem I will get in some stock so you always have it. I could've kissed him! That was 4 months ago and I've been back 3 times since and Teva is there waiting. So, my suggestion would be to try calling you local chemists and see if they can help. We really don't need the hassle of trying to get the brand we want every 2 months. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any success. Love Di...xxx
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Hi KarenMc20

Thanks for posting this - I too have always had Teva so will need to find an alternative brand, that’s such a pain. I wonder if anyone else can advise if there is an alternative brand that is well tolerated. I’d be interested to hear how you get on with Mylan.

Evie xx

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No more Teva tamoxifen?

I tried to get my prescription for Teva brand of tamoxifen filled yesterday but was advised by the pharmacist that Teva have stopped making it. I’ve contacted Teva and they’ve replied as follows:

Please accept my sincere apologies that this product has been discontinued and is no longer available for sale.

We constantly review our product portfolio and look at the products that sit within it. This is something we do routinely and the decision to discontinue any product is made only where necessary, due to supply and demand. Please accept my apologies once again as we do fully understand the importance of all of our products to patients and this decision is never made lightly.

I apologise that the only advice we are able to give you would be to speak to your GP in relation to alternative products.”

 

I have some Mylan to try but am worried about what new/different side effects I’ll get!