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Healthnotes Index:

Raloxifene

Pronounced

"ra-LOX-ih-feen"

Common brand names:

Evista

Uses

Raloxifene 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.

This drug is different from hormones (including estrogens and progestins). It works by acting like estrogen (as a selective estrogen receptor modulator or SERM) in some parts of the body. Raloxifene helps to preserve bone mass, but it does not affect the breast and uterus like estrogen or relieve symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes.

This medication is not recommended for use in women before menopause. It should not be used in children.

This medication should not be used to prevent heart disease.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using raloxifene and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth usually once a day, with or without food, or as directed by your doctor. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day.

Be sure to include adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Consult your doctor or pharmacist to see if you need to take calcium/vitamin D supplements.

Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets.

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