Drug Class: What is Evista and why is it prescribed?
Evista Mechanism: How does Evista work?
Evista Dosage: How should you take Evista?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Evista
Special information on Evista
Evista side effects
|Drug Class: What is Evista and why is it prescribed?|
Generic Evista (Raloxifene) belongs to a class of drugs called selective estrogen
receptor modulators, or SERMs.
|Evista Mechanism: How does Evista work?|
| Generic Evista (Raloxifene) works by acting like estrogen, a hormone produced by
the body. Like estrogen, Generic Evista (Raloxifene) increases the density of bone.
Estrogen is a hormone, which among other actions regulates the turnover (formation and destruction) of bone. Decreases in estrogen levels that are seen after menopause or after removal of the ovaries, lead to a loss of bone density and weakened bones, a condition called osteoporosis.
Generic Evista (Raloxifene) decreases bone turnover and increases bone densityalthough not to the same extent as estrogen itself. This makes bones stronger and prevents fractures in women with osteoporosis.
Generic Evista (Raloxifene) is called a \"selective estrogen receptor modulator\" since it has effects like estrogen on some tissues but inhibits the effects of estrogen on other tissues.
Generic Evista, Raloxifene decreases low-density lipoprotein (LDL or \"bad\") cholesterol in the blood; however, unlike estrogen, raloxifene does not increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL or \"good\") cholesterol.
|Evista Dosage: How should you take Evista?|
| Take a dose of Evista once daily, at any time, with or without food. Take calcium and vitamin D supplements as well, if you do not get enough in your diet.
Avoid alcohol and tobacco. Do weight-bearing exercises to strengthen your bones.
Evista dose for postmenopausal women: The recommended Evista dosageis one 60-milligram tablet once a day.
Overdose of Evista: There have not been any reports of Evista overdose. However, any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Evista, seek medical attention immediately.
If you miss a Evista dose : Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next Evista dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take a double dose.
Storage instructions for Evista: Store at room temperature.
Preparations of Evista Tablets: Evista 60 mg
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Evista|
|If Generic Evista is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Generic Evista with the following: Cholestyramine (Questran), Clofibrate (Atromid-S), Diazepam (Valium), Diazoxide (Proglycem), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin), Indomethacin (Indocin), Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn), Warfarin (Coumadin).|
|Special information on Evista|
| If you are pregnant or breastfeeding: Generic Evista can harm a developing baby.
Do not use if you are or may become pregnant.
Also avoid breastfeeding while taking Generic Evista.
|Evista side effects|
| Evista Side effect: Evista lowers total cholesterol and LDL (\"bad\") cholesterol.
Evista does not affect HDL (\"good\") cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
The unwanted side effects of Evista cannot be predicted. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Evista.
More common side effects of Evista: Abdominal pain, arthritis, breast pain, bronchitis, chest pain, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, flu symptoms, gas, gynecological problems, headache, hot flashes, increased cough, indigestion, infection, insomnia, joint pain, leg cramps, muscle ache, nasal inflammation, nausea, rash, sinusitis, sore throat, stomach and intestinal problems, sweating, swelling, tendon soreness, uterine discharge, urinary tract infection, vomiting, weight gain.
Less common side effects of Evista: Decreased sense of touch, fainting, laryngitis, migraine, nerve pain (neuralgia), pinkeye (conjunctivitis), pneumonia, urinary disorders, varicose veins, vaginal bleeding.
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