What do raloxifene tablets do?
RALOXIFENE (Evista(R)) reduces the amount of calcium lost from bones. It helps to prevent bone loss and to increase normal healthy bone formation in patients with osteoporosis. Raloxifene does not reduce hot flashes associated with estrogen deficiency.
What should my health care professional know before I take raloxifene?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• a history of blood clots
• low level of blood calcium
• heart failure
• high level of blood triglycerides
• liver disease
• vitamin D deficiency
• an unusual or allergic reaction to raloxifene, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Raloxifene tablets are taken by mouth. They can be taken with or without food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a full glass of water. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with raloxifene?
• no known drug interactions
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking including non-prescription medicines. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These can affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects might I notice from taking raloxifene?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
Rare or uncommon:
• difficulty breathing
• leg pain or swelling
• skin rash, itching
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• difficulty sleeping
• fluid build-up
• hot flashes
• leg cramps
• muscle aches
• sinus pressure or drainage
• stomach or intestinal gas
• stomach pain
• weight gain