Evista

Generic Name: Raloxifene

  • What is Evista?

    Evista is used to treat and help prevent bone loss (osteoporosis). It is also used to lower your chance of getting breast cancer.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Evista?

    Because of Evista's tendency to promote blood clotting, you should not take it 72 hours prior to or during long periods of immobilization, such as recovery from surgery, prolonged bed rest, and long air or car travel. If you are scheduled for surgery, make sure the doctor is aware that you are taking Evista.

    Evista is not needed or recommended prior to menopause; it should not be taken until menopause has passed.

    If you develop unusual uterine bleeding or breast problems while taking Evista, tell your doctor immediately.

    Never combine Evista with estrogen hormones.

  • Who should not take Evista?

    Evista is not for use by women who are or could become pregnant, or for women who are breastfeeding. You should also avoid Evista if you have a history of blood clot formation, including deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the legs), pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs), and retinal vein thrombosis (blood clot in the retina of the eye), as Evista may increase the risk of clots.

    Do not take Evista if you are allergic to it or any other ingredients in the tablet, as well as other medications in the same class as Evista.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Evista?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Evista. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have had clots in your legs, lungs, or eyes, heart problems, stroke, liver or kidney problems, breast cancer, or high triglyceride levels.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Postmenopausal women: The recommended dose is one 60-milligram tablet once a day. Talk to your doctor about the optimum duration of treatment when taking Evista to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

  • How should I take Evista?

    Take Evista once daily, at any time, with or without food. Calcium and vitamin D may be taken with Evista as directed by your doctor to prevent or treat bone loss.

  • What should I avoid while taking Evista?

    Due to the risk of blood clots, avoid prolonged bed rest or restricted movement, such as long air or car travel.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Evista?

    If Evista is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Evista with the following: cholestyramine, clofibrate, diazepam, diazoxide, ibuprofen, indomethacin, naproxen, estrogens, and warfarin or other blood thinners.

  • What are the possible side effects of Evista?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Common side effects may include: hot flashes, leg cramps, swelling of the feet or ankles, flulike symptoms, joint pain, sweating

  • Can I receive Evista if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Evista can harm a developing baby. Do not use Evista if you are or may become pregnant. Also avoid breastfeeding while taking Evista.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Evista?

    Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Evista?

    Store at room temperature.

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