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Evista can be prescribed to woman to help treat bone loss in cases of osteoporosis after menopause. Evista in it's generic form is Raloxifene and is known as a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) that can slow bone loss and strengthen the bones to avoid fractures. While Raloxifene is similar to estrogen blocker it does not relief symptoms of menopause, however, it can lower the chance of certain breast cancers after menopause.
This medication is taken orally with or without food once a day. Regular use of this medication is required to ensure an effective treatment
There can be cases of vitamin deficiency while taking Evista. Speak to your doctor to know if you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet. There can be cases when you have to supplement these vitamins.
Evista could be adsorbed through the skin and lungs, for this reason, pregnant woman should not handle or come into contact with any forms of this drug. Woman who are breast feeding should also avoid contact with Evista as well.
Raloxifene can induce allergic reactions. Speak to your doctor regarding known allergies, current medications, prior medical conditions and any supplementation you are taking to ensure a safe and effective treatment with Evista.
Evista should only be taken by woman after menopause only, and should not be used to prevent heart diseases.
Some side effects can include:
leg cramps or leg pain
runny or stuffy nose
More serious side effects can also include:
leg swelling or pain
sudden vision changes
weakness on one side of the body
Contact your doctor if any side effects become too severe during your treatment with Evista. Your doctor and pharmacist may be able to help you manage these side effects. If any serious side effects occur contact your doctor for additional medical treatment
Q: How should I store Evista?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not dispose in wastewater. Contact a local pharmacist for additional help in safely disposing unwanted or expired medications.
Q: I missed my does of Evista what should I do?
A: Take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If the dose is closer to your next schedule skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose to avoid overlap. It is a good idea to take your medication at the same time everyday to build up a habit.
Q: I feel like I am getting more hot flashes while taking Evista, is this normal?
A: Evista does not treat symptoms of menopause like hot flashes. You may need to consult your doctor for relief of other menopausal symptoms.
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