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Evista (raloxifene) is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in women after menopause. It works by reducing the loss of bone tissue and makes bones less likely to break. Evista may also be prescribed to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who have osteoporosis or are at risk of invasive breast cancer.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Evista exactly as prescribed.
Evista can increase the risk of blood clots and strokes. These risks are more pronounced in women with a history of blood clots, heart disease, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
Don’t take Evista if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
While taking Evista, don not take more calcium supplements than your doctor has prescribed.
Before taking Evista, inform your doctor if you have any of the following:
Common side effects of Evista include:
Contact your doctor if you experience these more serious side effects:
Is Evista a hormone therapy?
No. Evista binds to estrogen receptors in the body, but it is not an estrogen or a hormone. For this reason, Evista is not effective in relieving symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, and isn’t normally prescribed to women until after menopause.
What else can I do to prevent osteoporosis or treat its symptoms?
Your doctor may also prescribe supplements like calcium and vitamin D, which you should take exactly as prescribed. Ask your doctor for exercise recommendations to help improve bone and muscle strength.