Evista Raloxifene Hydrochloride and/or alternatives
The generic name of Evista is raloxifene hydrochloride, and it is available in the form of tablets for oral use. The inactive ingredients of Evista include titanium dioxide, carnauba wax, anhydrous lactose, crospovidone, polysorbate 80, modified pharmaceutical glaze, aluminum lake, lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, magnesium stearate, povidone, and FD&C Blue No. 2. You can buy Evista only if it has been prescribed by your doctor.
Indications & Dosage of Evista
Evista is prescribed for treating osteoporosis that occurs in women after their menopause. It is also used for preventing this condition. Evista is sometimes given to reduce the risk of suffering from invasive breast cancer, especially in women already suffering from osteoporosis.
The recommended dose is Evista 60mg once a day with or without meals. Evista 60mg is available in bottles of 30, 100, and 200 tablets. It should be taken at the same time every day, and an overdose is not recommended. If you miss your dose, take a tablet as soon as possible. If you are to undergo a surgery, it is recommended that you stop this medication at least 72 hours prior to surgery. Evista should be complemented with calcium and vitamin D supplements. It should be stored at temperatures of 20ºC to 25ºC.
Side Effects & Interactions of Evista
Evista can lead to both severe and mild side effects. The symptoms of side effects can vary from one patient to another. If any of these symptoms persist, it is important to consult your doctor or seek emergency medical help.
Some mild or minor side effects associated with Evista include :
- Hot flashes
- Headache, dizziness, fainting, and spinning sensation
- Leg and muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Increased sweating
- Stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
- Fever, chills, and runny nose
You need to inform your doctor if you experience serious and rare side effects like the following :
- Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
- Problems with speech or vision
- Chest pain, rapid breathing, and fast heartbeat
- Pain and swelling in one or both legs
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Breast pain followed by numbness or tenderness
- Burning sensation during urination
- Severe lower back pain
Evista interacts with a variety of drugs including norethindrone, levonorgestrel, estradiol, estrone, Bedol, Zumenon, drospirenone or ethinyl estradiol, Vagifem, Trivora, Tirosint, Synthroid, Reclipsen, Questran, cholestyramine, Sprintec, medroxyprogesterone, and Prevalite, among others.
Warnings & Precautions of Evista
Evista is not recommended if you are pregnant as it can harm the fetus. Using this medication during pregnancy can lead to developmental abnormalities in the fetus such as kidney cavitations. It can also lead to fetal heart anomalies, abortion, retardation of fetal development, hydrocephaly, fewer chances of fetal survival, and even extreme changes in pituitary hormone count. It is not yet known whether Evista gets excreted into breast milk or not.
You need to discuss your medical history with the doctor prior to beginning Evista treatment. Inform him/her if you have the following :
- Atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease
- High blood pressure
- Kidney or liver disease
- History of TIA or stroke
- High triglycerides
- Breast cancer
Administration of Evista can increase the risk of venous thromboembolism and pulmonary embolism, and this risk is maximum in the initial stages of treatment. If you see any symptoms, discontinue the medication immediately and consult your doctor.
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