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8/18/2015Good morning. Does Tamoxifen cause depression and anxiety? I was diagnosed with bc at 42.Premenopausal.I had a DMX. Chemo. No rads. I've been taking Tamox for a year and a half. I feel fatigued, depressed and with menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, shivers, mood swings, some insomnia. If so, what can I do to lessen these side effects? I don't wish to take any antidepresant. Should I stop taking Tamoxifen? Thanks.
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8/18/2015don't stop without your oncologist given you permission to do so. about 70% of women who have had breast cancer meet criteria for clinical depression. might be from suppression of estrogen. might be from the emotional trauma of diagnosis and treatment. might be that a lot of women get depression during their lifetime. there are ways to treat depression while on tamoxifen too. ask about effexor and whether you are a candidate for that drug.

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