Raloxifine is a prescription medicine belonging to a group of medications called selective estrogen receptor modulators. It’s used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (bone loss, thinning of bones) which developed as the result of a menopause in women. One of the reasons for osteoporosis is lack of estrogen. Bones are easier to break especially arm, hip, back ones. There are some other reasons for this condition such as drinking and smoking, shortage of calcium in the body, passive lifestyle, history of that disease in your family, slender constitution.
Raloxifine reduces the risk of breast cancer though influences cardiovascular system.
Raloxifine comes as a tablet taken orally every day. The average dose is 60 mg.
If you experience shortage of calcium and vitamin D, they may be taken in addition to Raloxifine.
1 Follow your doctor’s instructions when taking the medicine.
2 Make sure the doctor knows about any allergies that you have.
3 Before having any kind of surgery make sure the specialists know about your medicine. It’s better if you inform them in advance as you may need to discontinue the treatment before the surgery.
4 If you expect that you’ll spend some time being passive and inactive (sitting, lying), inform the doctor about it 3 days before so that you could discontinue the treatment for some time. Passive and immobile state may cause blood clots.
5 This medicine doesn’t save you from pregnancy. Consult with your doctor who may advise you some suitable contraceptives.
6 Do not start using the medicine until a year after your last menstruation passes otherwise it may cause bleeding.
7 Tell the doctor if you are taking any medications at the moment including vitamins, herbal supplements, etc. Make sure you’ve mentioned:
8 Inform the doctor if you are planning to have a baby or you are pregnant already. Breastfeeding is not recommended during the treatment.
9 Make sure your doctor knows if you either smoke or drink as this may aggravate bone loss.
10 Try not to sit still for a long time during the treatment especially when traveling.
11 The doctor should know about any specific medical conditions of yours such as:
Cancer (endometrial, breast, etc.)
12 Do not share your medicine with anyone.
The most serious side effect is blood clots that may lead to different complications (pain or warmth in the eyes, legs, coughing up blood, limbs, lungs, chest pain, vision changes, breathlessness) and fatal end. Not so serious and more common side effects are leg cramps and flashes, fluid retention, upset stomach.
Do not double doses if you missed one. If it’s time for the next one, skip the one you missed and take the dose according to your everyday schedule.
Cases of overdose haven’t been reported. If you’ve taken too much of the medicine, search for medical help immediately.
- Keep away from children
- Store at room temperature
- Keep away form damp places, heat and direct light
- Dispose of an outdated medicine
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