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Evista contains the medication raloxifene and is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and can also be used to reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer in those women who have osteoporosis or are at risk of invasive breast cancer.
Evista works by affecting the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body, reducing loss of bone tissue. It slows down bone loss and helps to keep bones strong making them less likely to break. Raloxifene is not an estrogen hormone but acts like estrogen in your bones. In your uterus and breasts, raloxifene works like an estrogen blocker. Evista should not be used before menopause.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common Evista side effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following raloxifene side effects:
Q: What should I avoid while taking Evista?
A: While taking Evista, you should avoid sitting for extended periods of time. If you take calcium supplements, you should not take more than your doctor has prescribed.
Q: What should I do if I miss a dose of Evista?
A: If you miss a dose of Evista, you should take the missed medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses to make up for a missed one.