An Overview of Tamoxifen and High Cholesterol
, Soltamox™) is a prescription medication used to treat and prevent breast cancer
. High cholesterol
appears to be one of the possible side effects of tamoxifen. In clinical studies, up to 3.5 percent of women taking the drug had high cholesterol
What Is High Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a type of fat that is made in your body. It is also in some foods that you eat. Your body needs some cholesterol to work the right way; however, if too much gets into your blood, it can cause problems. This is known as high cholesterol. Causes of high cholesterol
include genetics and diet. You are more likely to have high cholesterol if the condition runs in your family or if you eat high-cholesterol foods
. Because there are often no symptoms of high cholesterol
, most people discover they have it as a result of routine blood screening. Because high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease
, lowering your cholesterol is an important step in protecting your heart (see Lowering Cholesterol to Prevent Heart Disease)
- Bile acid sequestrants
- Cholesterol absorption inhibitors
- Nicotinic acid.