Vaginal discharge from tamoxifen?

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Question from Sue: I started taking tamoxifen in July after a mastectomy with no lymph node involvement. About six weeks into the treatment, I began experiencing a vaginal discharge at night. My doctor says it's the vagina reacting to the tamoxifen. I was on Premarin for years.
Answers - Julie Gralow, M.D. Watery vaginal discharge is a known side effect of tamoxifen. Usually, it's not terribly troubling, although in some cases it can require a woman to wear a mini pad all the time. A bloody discharge, of course, absolutely needs to be mentioned to your health care providers, because this is not a typical tamoxifen side effect, and it should be evaluated immediately.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Some women who take tamoxifen have vaginal discharge. But just as many experience vaginal dryness. It's interesting that the same drug can produce such different effects in different women. For women who are struggling with a dry vagina, there are ways to make the vagina wetter and more receptive to sexual activity.

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