Hormone Drugs for Treatment of Cyclical Breast Pain

What do you know about the use of hormone drugs for treatment of cyclical breast pain? Do you know when hormone drugs are allowed to use for your treatment? Be careful, there are several medications that you can apply with no supervision of your doctors. Hormone drugs definitely would not be into this category.

If your breast pain is prolonged, severe and has not improved with all the suggestions already mentioned in our previous article (anti-inflammatory medicines, evening primrose oil, etc.), your doctor or health care professional might suggest you to start using a hormone drug.

Usually, the drugs used to treat breast pain are:

  • Bromocriptine
  • Danazol
  • Goserelin
  • Tamoxifen

Just like other drugs, they have side effects. Therefore, these drugs are only suitable for use only after thorough discussion about the benefits and risks with your doctor. If you are prescribed by your doctor with one of these drugs, he/she will advise you about the dose and the duration that you should take.

From the drugs listed above, only bromocriptine and danazol are currently licensed as a treatment for breast pain. Nonetheless, since recent studies shows that goserelin and tamoxifen are also effective to treat breast pain and most importantly, have fewer side effects, tamoxifen is usually used as a first treatment.

Tamoxifen usually used to treat breast cancer. Nonetheless, it also effective as a part of cyclical breast pain treatment. Tamoxifen is a tablet which works by blocking hormone estrogen and may have side effects, such as stomach upset and nausea.

In large number of cyclical breast pain patients, tamoxifen will be effective to settle breast pain, but the pain continues in small number. Therefore, if you experience this, you might be recommended another hormone drug.

Goserelin works by blocking the production of estrogen in the ovaries which cause temporary menopause. Goserelin usually used as a treatment for prostate and breast cancer. Goserelin is given through an injection under your skin. The possible side effects are menopausal symptoms (i.e., vaginal dryness, hot flushes).

Danazol works by blocking specific hormones during your menstrual cycle. Danazol is given in form of tablet. The possible side effects are:

  • Voice changes
  • Facial hair growth
  • Absence of periods (amenorrhea)
  • Acne
  • Weight gain

Same as danazol, bromocriptine also given as a tablet. Bromocriptine works by reducing the level of the hormone prolactin. The possible side effects are:

  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

Bromocriptine is rarely suggested and only used under very specific circumstances.

You should notice that the use of these drugs can make hormonal methods of contraception less effective. You had better avoid taking these drugs while you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant since these drugs can be harmful to the fetus (unborn baby).

In the upcoming article, we will write about non-cyclical breast pain.

You should consult with your doctor and other health care professionals to get a better knowledge and information about Hormone Drugs for Treatment of Cyclical Breast Pain.

Kindly bear in mind, this article is not solely intended as the only source of information about Hormone Drugs for Treatment of Cyclical Breast Pain.

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