Popular antidepressant interferes with cancer drug

Feb 8, 2010 Full story: Reuters 6

The popular antidepressant drug Paxil may interfere with breast cancer treatments, making patients more likely to relapse and die, researchers in Canada reported on Monday.

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Since: Feb 10

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1 Feb 8, 2010
This may be news to Reuters, but it's not news to the medical community. That's why, when Tamoxifen threw me into depression, my only real option was to stop taking the Tamoxifen. It's not just Paxil -- it's most anti-depressants.
perry

Pinole, CA

#2 Feb 9, 2010
I took Paxil when I was taking tamoxifen. I took both about 4+ years. Both seemed to work. I had all the side effects of tomoxifen, aching joints and bones, hot flashes. I then went on to taken femara for 4-5 years. I am going on 11 years cancer free after losing my Mother to BC in 1969 when I was 16.

Since: Feb 10

Saint Petersburg, FL

#3 Feb 10, 2010
Perry I'm so glad for you. My mother was luckier than yours. She had breast cancer in 1957 and survived, but it wasn't common then.

So it's worth all the trouble. The antidepressants probably don't interfere for everyone, and I don't think they knew when you took it. Also that's a very powerful combination, to take Tamoxifen and then Femara.

We're so lucky that we had it when we did.
Gladys Montague

Chicago, IL

#5 Feb 3, 2012
This is a new one. Although I have heard of a recent study that linked Paxil use to breast and ovarian cancer. This is an addition to the wide array of Paxil side effects such as autism, suicidal behavior and birth defects.
See: http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com/
Mike

Chicago, IL

#6 Aug 30, 2012
When two medications are being taken together, they are bound to affect each other. The two medications might complement each other or decrease the effectiveness of the two because each medications have a different effect on different individuals. However, antidepressants (See http://www.zoloftsertralinebirthdefects.com ) may be nueeded by these cancer patients because they may develop depression.

Since: Feb 10

Tampa, FL

#7 Jan 18, 2013
Mike wrote:
When two medications are being taken together, they are bound to affect each other. The two medications might complement each other or decrease the effectiveness of the two because each medications have a different effect on different individuals. However, antidepressants (See http://www.zoloftsertralinebirthdefects.com ) may be nueeded by these cancer patients because they may develop depression.
Well, no, they don't always affect each other. Often there are side effects, but that's not the same thing. Sometimes drugs interact, but not always.

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