What is Raloxifene used for?
Raloxifene is used to treat as well as prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Besides, it is also indicated for reduction in risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women who have osteoporosis. Raloxifene is a selective estrogen receptor modulator that reduces loss of bone tissue, which helps preserve bone mass.
This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Raloxifene?
Like other medicines, Raloxifene can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Raloxifene are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Raloxifene cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Raloxifene develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Raloxifene can cause side effects such as hot flashes, sweating, headache, leg cramps, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, joint pain, and increased cough. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are vision problems, chest pain, fever, unusual vaginal bleeding, and fast heart rate. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Raloxifene.
What is the recommended dosage of Raloxifene?
The dosage of Raloxifene prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Raloxifene. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.
The recommended dosage of Raloxifene is 60 mg tablet once a day. This medicine can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Raloxifene?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Raloxifene medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Raloxifene?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Raloxifene, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are dizziness and leg cramps.
What other drugs could interact with Raloxifene?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Raloxifene.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Raloxifene, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Raloxifene can interact with blood thinners and birth control pills.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Raloxifene?
Is it possible for me to take Raloxifene with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Raloxifene?
What are the possible drug interactions of Raloxifene?
How will Raloxifene work in my body?
How should Raloxifene be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Raloxifene drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Raloxifene, tell your doctor if you have ever had a blood clot. Also, inform your doctor if you have a high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, or kidney disease. While taking this medication, avoid prolonged bed rest.