Importance of taking tamoxifen on time?

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Question from Jennifer: How important is it for me to take my tamoxifen at the same time every day? I take it between 8-11 p.m. depending on when I go to bed. Thanks.
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. Unlike the aromatase inhibitors, tamoxifen has a very long half life and after you have been taking it for months, you have steady blood levels. So if you miss several doses or don't take it at the same time every day, there is very little variation in the blood level. Nevertheless, it's wise to try to take it at the same time every day so you don't forget, but not rigidly at the same hour.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Ongoing Medications featured Patricia Ganz, M.D. and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about staying on track with breast cancer medications you have to take on a regular basis.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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