Evista, also commonly known as Raloxifene, is a medication used to treat osteoporosis that occurs as a result of menopause. This medication can also reduce the likelihood of developing dangerous conditions such as breast cancer.
How it Works
Evista belongs to a group of drugs known as selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs). It is important to understand that Evista is not an estrogen hormone. However, it can act similar to estrogen in some parts of a female’s body, especially amongst the bones. In certain other parts of the body, such as in the breasts and uterus, this medication blocks estrogen. This medication can reduce the speed of bone loss by making them stronger and reducing their tendency to break.
The main use of this medication is its ability to treat bone problems that occur during and after menopause.
Conditions such as osteoporosis can not only be treated but can be prevented through the use of this drug too. The medication makes your bones stronger and less vulnerable to damage. It is important to note that this medication can only treat problems related to bones. Evista will not treat other symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes.
This medication must only be taken once a day on a daily basis. It can be taken with or without food depending on personal preference. Your physician might prescribe you a different dosage depending on your personal health state and response to the treatment. Do not skip or miss your dose since this medication has to be taken regularly in order to benefit the most from it. So, take your medication at the same time every day or put a reminder on your phone to ensure that you follow your dose schedule.
If you wish to change the dose schedule, speak to your physician first. Do not attempt to change it on your own since it can increase the risk of side effects.
The following are some side effects of this medication that you might or might not experience during this treatment period.
Swelling of hands
If you experience any of the above, make sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Adhering to the following precautions will enable you to reduce the risk of being affected by these side effects.
Follow the diet and exercise plan given by your physician
Do not use this medication prior to menopause
Do not use this medication to treat heart disease
This medication must not be used by men
This medication must not be used on children
During this treatment period, it is important for you to have more than enough vitamin C and D in your body. So, make sure to include sufficient amounts of these vitamins and calcium in your diet. You can also consider taking these vitamins in supplement form too.
Evista is highly unsafe for unborn babies. Since this drug can be easily absorbed through skin and lungs, you must not only stop taking this drug during pregnancy, but should stay far away from it as possible.