Evista (raloxifene)

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Evista {Lilly}

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raloxifene, pronounced ra LOX i feen

RALOXIFENE (Raloxifene (Raloxifene Hydrochloride))

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The information contained in this drug guide is intended as an educational resource only. This guide is not exhaustive and does not contain all available information about this drug.This guide is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment.

The information provided in this guide does not replace the need for the advice and services of medical professionals or the need for medical examination. Always talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any prescription medication or over the counter drugs (including any supplements) or before making any changes to your treatment. Only your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide you with safe and effective advice regarding your drug treatment.

The use of the information in this guide is at your sole risk. This information is provided "AS IS" with no warranties to accuracy or timeliness.

**All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

What is Evista?

Evista treats and prevents osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, and also reduces the risk of invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women who have osteoporosis or who are at risk of invasive breast cancer.

Evista may also be used for purposes not indicated in this medication guide.

 

Key Facts About Evista

Evista works by altering the cycle of both your bone formation and the breakdown of bone in your body. Evista also reduces loss of your bone tissue.

You should not take Evista if you cannot avoid sitting still for long periods of time during travel.

If you will be having surgery where you will be immobile for 72 hours or longer you will need to stop taking Evista during this time. Tell any doctor or surgeon who treats you that you are being treated with Evista.

You should not smoke and take Evista.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Evista is in FDA pregnancy category X. Evista can harm an unborn baby. If you are breast-feeding you should ask your doctor about taking Evista. We do not know if Evista may affect a breast-feeding baby.

 

Before You Take Evista

If you are allergic toraloxifene, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding or have ever had a blood clot you should not take Evista.

If you smoke, have a history of stroke or “mini strokes” (TIA) you may not be a candidate to take Evista.

Before taking Evista, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, high triglycerides or atherosclerosis.

Tell your doctor if you have not gone through menopause or have had breast cancer in the past before taking Evista.

 

Evista Drug Interactions

You should inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

  • birth control pills
  • blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin)
  • cholestyramine (Questran, Prevalite)
  • diazepam (Valium)
  • diazoxide (Proglycem)

Other drugs you take that are not listed may interact with Evista. You should tell your doctor about all of the medications you use. This includes prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should not begin taking a new medication without telling your doctor first.

 

Directions for Taking Evista

You should take Evista exactly as it is prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may change your dose to make sure that you get the best results from Evista. You should follow the instructions on your prescription label and not take Evista for longer than recommended by your doctor, or in larger or smaller doses.

Take the Evista tablet at the same time each day, with or without food.

You should take each tablet of Evista with a full 8 ounce glass of water.

If your Evista tablets are packaged on blister cards you should take this medication as directed and follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.

Every blister card contains 15 tablets which are labeled with a different day of the week. The first tablet you use should be labeled with the day of the week that your doctor has instructed you to start on. If you have refilled your prescription and are starting a new blister pack you should take the tablet that is labeled one day after you took your last dose.

You should keep taking Evista, one tablet per day, unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise. The tablet in the center of your blister card should be the last tablet you take before starting a new card.

You should not take any other medication, vitamins, calcium or antacids for at least 30 minutes after taking Evista.

Evista is a part of a complete program of treatment that your doctor has prescribed to keep you healthy. Other aspects of this program may include dietary changes, exercise and taking calcium and vitamin supplements. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines exactly as your doctor has instructed you to.

Evista needs to be stored at room temperature, and away from light, moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose of Evista take the missed dose as soon as you remember, providing that your next dose is not almost due. Never take extra Evista to make up for a missed dose.

 

Evista Side Effects

If you experience any of the following adverse effects you should stop taking Evista and seek emergency medical help immediately:

  • allergic reaction symptoms like breathing difficulties, hives, and swelling of your face, lips, throat or tongue
  • breast pain, tenderness and a lump
  • chest pain with a sudden cough, wheezing, as fast heart rate and rapid breathing
  • fever, child, body aches and flu symptoms
  • headache with confusion, speech and vision problems and balance issues
  • lower back pain that is severe
  • numbness and weakness, especially on one side of your body
  • swelling in your hands, feet and one or both legs
  • urinating that is painful or burns
  • vaginal bleeding that is unusual

Less serious side effects of Evista may include:

  • dizziness and spinning sensation
  • hot flashes
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • leg pain
  • nausea
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • stomach pain
  • increased sweating
  • vomiting

It should be noted that this is not a complete list of possible side effects of Evista. You should contact your physician for a complete list and medical advice regarding these effects.

 

Evista Description and Dosing

Evista is available as 60 mg tablets. The tablets are white, elliptical, film-coated, not scored and imprinted on one side with LILLY and the tablet code 4165 in edible blue ink.

If you suspect that you have overdosed with Evista you should seek emergency help immediately.

Ingredients in Evista

The primary active ingredient in Evista is raloxifene HCl. Inactive ingredients include anhydrous lactose, carnauba wax, crospovidone, FD&C Blue No. 2 aluminum lake, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, modified pharmaceutical glaze, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, povidone, propylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.

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Disclaimer

The information contained in this drug guide is intended as an educational resource only. This guide is not exhaustive and does not contain all available information about this drug.This guide is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment.

The information provided in this guide does not replace the need for the advice and services of medical professionals or the need for medical examination. Always talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any prescription medication or over the counter drugs (including any supplements) or before making any changes to your treatment. Only your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide you with safe and effective advice regarding your drug treatment.

The use of the information in this guide is at your sole risk. This information is provided "AS IS" with no warranties to accuracy or timeliness.

**All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.