Advice on tamoxifen and flying?


Question from RSmith: Do you make any special recommendations for women on tamoxifen who go on long flights, besides getting up and moving periodically, i.e. support hose or baby aspirin?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. I do not. And my reasoning for this is that we had 30 or 40 million women in the U.S. who were taking hormone replacement therapy at the menopause who traveled and did not use support hose or baby aspirin while they were taking the hormone replacement therapy. The risk of blood clots and other complications similar to that are the same with tamoxifen as they are with hormone replacement therapy. Also, there's no evidence that aspirin helps with the venous clotting which is what the complication is with tamoxifen and hormone replacement therapy.

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