Evista is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis and to reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
Evista belongs to a group of medications called selective estrogen receptor modulators. It works by acting like estrogen in some parts of the body. Evista is used to prevent and treat bone loss (osteoporosis) in women after menopause. Maintaining strong bones by slowing bone loss helps to reduce the risk of fractures. Raloxifene may also lower the chance of getting a certain type of breast cancer (invasive) in women after menopause.
Take Evista exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The recommended adult dose is 60 mg daily at the same time each day, with or without food. If you are taking Evista for osteoporosis treatment or prevention, it is important that you get enough calcium and vitamin D.
Before taking Evista you should talk with your doctor if you have blood clot, congestive heart failure, irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), cancer, high blood pressure (hypertension), liver disease, liver failure, cirrhosis, hepatitis, kidney disease, kidney failure, high triglycerides, any allergies. Let your doctor know if you smoke cigarettes, have not gone through menopause, or have an upcoming surgery.
You should not take Evista if you are allergic to raloxifene or to any of the ingredients of the medication, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have thrombosis (blood clots). It should not be used in children.
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Get emergency medical help if you have numbness, increased sweating, hot flashes, weakness, vomiting, leg pain, headache, joint pain, dizziness, nausea, stomach pain, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, tenderness, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance, fast heart rate, vaginal bleeding, body aches, hives, breast pain, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: diazepam, estrogen medications, oral contraceptives, thyroid medications (liotrix, thyroid, levothyroxine), blood thinners (warfarin). Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are leg cramps, dizziness, coordination problems, vomiting, rash, diarrhea, shakiness, flushing.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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