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|10/17/2011||Greetings. I am a 53 year old per-menopausal woman who based on family history and other factors is considered right at the borderline of being deemed "high risk" for breast cancer. I just squeaked in (statistically speaking) as a candidate for prophylactic tamoxifin therapy, for purposes of reducing my risk profile. I have been taking prophylactic tamoxifin for approximately one year. I am also prescribed Welbutrin XL (300 mg) for anxiety. I just stumbled across the literature suggesting that Welbutrin blocks the proper metabolism of tamoxifin in the liver, rendering the latter less effective. What is the status of the research on this, and should I strongly consider weaning off Welbutrin (under the direct supervision of my internist and ob/gyn)? Any evidence-based input you could provide on this topic would be greatly appreciated.|
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|10/17/2011||ask your oncologist to do a CYP2D blood test to see if the compatibility of these drugs in your particular situation is an issue for metabolism and absorption.|
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