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EVISTA (Raloxifene) is a medication prescribed for one or more of the following:
EVISTA is an estrogen agonist and antagonist, meaning it activates or deactivates certain estrogen receptors based on their location in the body. EVISTA is also known as a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM).
EVISTA agonizes estrogen receptors in the bone, causing a reduction in the normal breakdown of bone that happens during bone turnover. By decreasing the breakdown of bone, EVISTA increases bone mineral density.
EVISTA helps to prevent invasive breast cancer because it blocks the actions of estrogen in certain breast tissue that may become cancerous when exposed to high levels of estrogen over time.
The normal EVISTA dosage is a 60 mg tablet by mouth once daily.
The active ingredient in EVISTA generic is raloxifene.
Your doctor should not prescribe EVISTA for the treatment of invasive breast cancer, to reduce the recurrence of breast cancer, or to reduce the risk of noninvasive breast cancer.
Do not use EVISTA if you have a history of clotting disorders, including venous thromboembolism (VTE), pulmonary embolism (PE), or retinal vein thrombosis.
EVISTA should not be used by women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or mothers who are nursing. EVISTA should not be used in women who have not undergone menopause.
EVISTA should not be used along with systemic estrogen therapy.
Some of the most common adverse reactions that can occur when taking EVISTA include:
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting EVISTA to learn about the full list of side effects that may apply to you.
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