Sunday, March 2, 2014

Selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) mnemonic

Greeting everyone! =)

SERMs are Selective estrogen receptor modulators.
They have varied effects on estrogen receptors in different tissues and it might get confusing (especially, effects of different drugs on the endometrium!) Mnemonic to the rescue! ^__^

Raloxifene Tamoxifen mnemonic
Tamoxifen and Raloxifene are used in breast cancer as they are antagonist of estrogen at the level of breast.

Tamoxifen and Raloxifene, like estrogen, has been shown to increase bone density and to reduce the likelihood of development of osteoporosis. (Partial agonist at bone!)

Tamoxifen causes endometrial changes, including polyp formation, hyperplasia, and frank invasive carcinoma. (Remember: T is symbolic for +ve at endometrium.)

Raloxifene reduces the risk of uterine cancer. (Remember: R is symbolic for -ve at endometrium.)

That's all!
Hope it helps. Lemme know if you have any mnemonics on SERMs.
Also, pray that I do well in my exams =)


  1. Thanks for this! I've been trying to find a way to remember this for so long. This is super unique and will definitely stick :D

    1. I'm glad I could be of help =D
      You're welcome!

    2. u r a life saviour... i hv mean to tel dis frm months

  2. This is soo cool!! Thanx for sharing!

  3. I have a mneumonic i would like to share to memorise ligation of superior and inferior thyroid artery in removal of thyroid gland

    UP - Superior thyroid artery- ligate it close to the thyroid gland
    Completely opposite for inferior thyroid artery ligation
    Hope this helps!!


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