Has anyone else experienced this?
Hair loss may be a common complaint in people taking tamoxifen citrate (Nolvadex, Soltamox). In one clinical study, this was reported in up to 5.2% of women taking the drug. However, other studies have not shown hair loss to be one of tamoxifen's side effects. Given how common hair loss is in the general population (and in people with cancer), it is difficult to say whether hair loss is caused by the medicine, genetics, other factors, or a combination of these things.
If you experience hair loss while taking tamoxifen, talk with the doc. Depending on how severe the hair loss is, there are things that he or she may be able to do. If your symptoms continue to be bothersome, or if the doc believes the medicine is causing your hair loss, he or she may recommend trying another breast cancer medication.
Take care, be safe & well.
Dear srich or anyone who can answer me,
Don't know if you are getting notifications of answers to this question any more, but I finished 5 years of AIs/Tamoxifin at the end of January 2012 (almost 3 months ago) and since then have noticed marked thinning of my hair. I don't have any bald spots but I used to have what my hairstylist referred to as one of the thickest heads of hair she had ever seen and now it is so thin! I have always shed a good bit but the shedding began to be excessive almost immediately after stopping the Tamoxifin. It keeps coming out in big handfulls!! Did the thinning stop? Scared to death of losing it all again.
Please let me know if it got better once you adjusted to being off of the Tamoxifin! Hope all is well with you. Thank you!
I am 41 years old. Was diagnosed at 35. Had chemo, lumpectomy, radiation, a few months of femara, arimidex for almost 2 years, then 3 years on Tamoxifin.
I'm about 4 1/2 years in of taking tamoxifen and I am and have been losing my hair. I don't have bald spots yet but I fear they are coming. I'm going in next week to talk to my oncologist. I was hoping that as soon as soon as I stopped it would start growing back but maybe that won't be the case? Good luck to you :)
I've was on Tamoxifen for three years, and on Femara for two. I finished maintenance in May of 2012. Since then I have experienced severe hair loss and must wear a hair piece to cover the thinness. A gentle breeze can ruin my day. Tamoxifen took my eyebrows after two years of treatment. (I did not even lose my brows during chemo.) I do not see how anyone can say it does not cause hair loss.
- Tamoxifen Information for Consumers
- Tamoxifen Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tamoxifen (detailed)
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