Evista

Generic Name: raloxifene (oral) (ra LOX i feen)
Brand Name: Evista

What is Evista?

Evista (raloxifene) affects the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body, and reduces loss of bone tissue.

Evista is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. It is also used to reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women who have osteoporosis or who are otherwise at risk of invasive breast cancer.

Evista is not a cancer medication and will not treat breast cancer.

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Important information

Taking Evista may increase your risk of a blood clot in your leg, your lung, or your eye. You should not take this medicine if you have ever had a blood clot.

Evista can also increase your risk of a stroke, which can be fatal. This risk is highest if you have coronary heart disease or certain risk factors (such as menopause, diabetes, smoking, being overweight, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, having a family history of coronary artery disease, or if you have had a hysterectomy).

Do not take Evista if you are pregnant or may become pregnant.

Do not breast-feed while taking Evista.

Before taking this medicine

Taking Evista may increase your risk of a blood clot in your leg, your lung, or your eye. You should not take this medicine if you have ever had a blood clot.

You also should not use Evista if you are allergic to raloxifene, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Evista can also increase your risk of a stroke, which can be fatal. This risk is highest if you have coronary heart disease or certain risk factors (such as menopause, diabetes, smoking, being overweight, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, having a family history of coronary artery disease, or if you have had a hysterectomy).

To make sure Evista is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

Although it is not likely that a postmenopausal woman would be pregnant, Evista can cause birth defects. Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. Use effective birth control if you are not past menopause, and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether raloxifene passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

Evista is not for use in men.

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How should I take Evista?

Take Evista exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Evista can be taken with or without food. You may take your dose at any time of the day, but try to take it at the same time each day.

If your Evista tablets are packaged on blister cards, take the medication as follows:

If you need to have any type of surgery or will be on bed rest, you will need to stop taking Evista for at least 72 hours before your surgery or before you plan to be immobile. Any doctor or surgeon who treats you should know that you are taking this medicine.

Evista is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, calcium or vitamin D supplements, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

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What should I avoid?

If you take calcium supplements, do not take more than your doctor has prescribed. Taking more calcium than recommended will not provide extra protection for your bones, and may cause serious side effects including kidney stones.

Avoid sitting still for long periods of time during travel while you are taking Evista.

This medicine can pass into body fluids (urine, feces, vomit). Caregivers should wear rubber gloves while cleaning up a patient's body fluids, handling contaminated trash or laundry or changing diapers. Wash hands before and after removing gloves. Wash soiled clothing and linens separately from other laundry.

Evista side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to Evista: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Evista and call your doctor at once if you have:

Common Evista side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

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What other drugs will affect Evista?

Other drugs may interact with raloxifene, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?


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