Evista is a medication used to treat osteoporosis, which is a condition in which the bones become weak and can therefore break easily. The medical name for Evista is raloxifene. This medication is used in women who have undergone menopause. Evista is also used to help control the spreading of cancer cells in some types of breast cancer. Evista can also be effective in reducing the risk of developing non-invasive breast cancer. Evista is classified as a selective estrogen receptor modulator or SERM. Evista is effective because it tricks the body into thinking that more estrogen is being produced so the density of bones in increased. It is also effective because it can stop types of tumors that use estrogen to grow.
Take Evista only by prescription from your doctor. Follow the prescription directions exactly; do not take more or less that is prescribed. If you do not understand the instructions for the prescription then ask your doctor or your pharmacist to explain it to you. Because Evista does not cure osteoporosis or cancer if you feel well continue to take it because Evista treats your symptoms. Evista may be prescribed to treat other conditions; your doctor will have more information about these usages.
Before you take Evista tell your doctor if you are allergic to raloxifene or any other ingredient in Evista. Tell your doctor if you have suffered or have any kind of cancer. Tell your doctor about all medications and supplements that you are taking, these may cause adverse effects while taking Evista. If you are pregnant, breast feeding, or will become pregnant tell your doctor because Evista may harm your fetus. Evista may cause side effects in some, if these are serious or do not go away call your doctor:
- hot flashes (more common in the first 6 months of raloxifene therapy)
- leg cramps
- swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- flu-like syndrome
- joint pain
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Serious side effects may include development of blood clots in the lungs, if you experience any of these symptoms call your doctor at once:
- leg pain
- feeling of warmth in the lower leg
- swelling of the hands, feet, ankels, or lower legs
- sudden chest pain
- shortness of breath
- coughing up blood
- sudden changes in vision
Evista may cause some side effects similar to Forsamax. Forsamax side effects include:
- stomach pain
- bloating or fullness in the stomach
- change in ability to taste food
- swelling of the joints, hands, or legs
If you have any other questions about Evista contact your doctor for more information.