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WARNING: Raloxifene may infrequently cause serious blood clots to
form in the legs or lungs. Tell your doctor if you have history of blood
clots (e.g., deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism). Also talk to your
doctor about risk factors for developing strokes (sometimes fatal) while
taking this medication. Some risk factors include tobacco use, alcohol use,
having high cholesterol/diabetes, or history of heart disease. Discuss these
risks and the benefits of using raloxifene with your doctor.
USES: Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat bone loss
(osteoporosis) in women after menopause. Maintaining strong bones by slowing
bone loss helps to reduce the risk of fractures. This drug is different from
hormones (including estrogens and progestins). It works by acting like
estrogen (as a selective estrogen receptor modulator or SERM) in some parts
of the body. Raloxifene helps to preserve bone mass, but it does not affect
the breast and uterus like estrogen or relieve symptoms of menopause such as
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist
before you start using raloxifene and each time you get a refill. If you
have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth usually once a day, with or without food, or
as directed by your doctor. Use this medication regularly to get the most
benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day.
SIDE EFFECTS: Hot flashes, sweating, or leg cramps may occur. If
these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Raloxifene may infrequently cause stroke or serious blood clots to form in
the legs, lungs, or eyes. Seek immediate medical attention if any of these
unlikely but serious side effects occur: leg swelling/pain, trouble
breathing, chest pain, sudden vision changes, severe headache, weakness on
one side of the body, confusion. A very serious allergic reaction to this
drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any
symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling
(especially of the tongue/lips/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Before taking raloxifene, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic
to it, or if you have any other allergies.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have:
active or past history of blood clots (e.g., deep venous thrombosis,
pulmonary embolism, retinal vein thrombosis).
Lack of movement may increase the risk for blood clots. Your doctor will
instruct you to stop taking this medication at least 3 days before surgery
or during long periods of inactivity (e.g., bedrest). Do not start taking
raloxifene until you are routinely and actively moving again. During long
periods of travel, walk or move periodically to keep the blood flowing
through your body.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical
history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, high blood pressure,
smoking, heart/blood vessel disease (e.g., congestive heart failure, atrial
fibrillation, stroke, transient ischemic attack), cancer, high blood
cholesterol levels, history of high blood fat (triglyceride) levels due to
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If
it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your
usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store the US product at room temperature between 68-77
degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage
between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the
Store the Canadian product at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F
(15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the
Keep all medicines away from children and pets.