Generic Name: raloxifene hydrochloride
Drug Class: selective estrogen receptor modulator
Evista is an oral prescription drug used to prevent and treat osteoporosis among postmenopausal women. It also reduces the risk of invasive breast cancer among postmenopausal women with osteoporosis or at high risk for invasive breast cancer.
This is available in Evista 60 mg tablets.
Evista Mechanism of Action
This works by binding with estrogen receptors which results in both the activation of estrogenic pathways and blockade of estrogenic pathways. It also decreases bone resorption and bone turnover leading to improved bone marrow density and a decrease in fracture incidence.
How to Take Evista
It is necessary to read the information leaflet or medication guide provided by a healthcare provider before beginning to use this medication. You must not take any medication unless you have understood the uses and directions. For more medical advice or information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. It can be consumed with or without food.
This is usually prescribed once a day. It can be consumed with or without food. Swallow it entirely and drink fluids right after. Cutting, chewing, or crushing this product is not recommended because of its bitter taste.
Make a dosing schedule. Do not increase or decrease your Evista dosage. You should also not take this oral drug more frequently than advised.
Evista Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
-Dizziness or spinning sensation
Severe Side Effects:
-Weakness on one side of the body
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Evista.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and talk to your doctor or healthcare professional.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not take this medication if you have a known allergy to raloxifene or any inactive ingredients the tablet may contain. Any indicators of major allergic reactions, such as problems breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes, should always be kept in mind. Stop using this oral medication and seek emergency medical treatment right away if this happens.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of transient ischemic attack, blood clots, heart attack, heart disease, atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer, high triglyceride, and smoking. You should also discuss all of your prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal products with your doctor owing to the possibility of drug interactions.
Raloxifene can possibly increase the risk of blood clots. Tell your healthcare provider if you will be in a certain position for a long period, such as going through surgery or going on a long-haul flight. You may have to discontinue this medication for a while under certain circumstances.
Pregnant moms must avoid this type of drug because it is known to cause undesirable effects on unborn babies. For breastfeeding moms, it is unknown if this drug can pass into the breastmilk. It is essential to discuss all the possible risks with a healthcare provider.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Evista used for?
Evista uses are for the reduction of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer and to prevent and treat osteoporosis among postmenopausal women.
Is Evista a bisphosphonate?
This medication is not bisphosphonate. Evista drug class is estrogen agonist/antagonist.
Does Evista increase bone density?
This oral drug can increase the density of the bones. It can also improve bone marrow density and lessen incidences of fracture.
How long to take Evista for osteoporosis?
This medication can be used long-term. For most postmenopausal patients, this drug is prescribed for up to five years.
Is Evista better than Fosamax?
While Fosamax is the first line of treatment for osteoporosis, Evista is used to reduce bone loss and reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Do you need a prescription for Evista?
This product is a prescription drug. You need to have a valid prescription before purchasing from any pharmacy.
How much does Evista cost?
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