Warnings:

Raloxifene may rarely cause serious blood clots, especially in the legs or lungs. Women who have or had blood clots (including in the legs, lungs, or eyes) should not take raloxifene. Also, women who have had a heart attack or are at risk for a heart attack may rarely have an increased risk of dying from a stroke while taking raloxifene. Before starting treatment with raloxifene, tell your doctor if you have or had blood clots in your legs/lungs/eyes, a stroke, mini-stroke (TIA), heart disease, heart attack, high cholesterol, irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, or if you smoke. Discuss these risks and the benefits of using raloxifene with your doctor.

Uses

Raloxifene is used by women to prevent and treat bone loss (osteoporosis) after menopause. It slows down bone loss and helps to keep bones strong, making them less likely to break.Raloxifene may also lower the chance of getting a certain type of breast cancer (invasive breast cancer) after menopause.Raloxifene is not an estrogen hormone, but it acts like estrogen in some parts of the body, like your bones. In other parts of the body (uterus and breasts), raloxifene acts like an estrogen blocker. It does not relieve menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. Raloxifene belongs to a class of drugs known as selective estrogen receptor modulators-SERMs.This medication should not be used before menopause.It should not be used to prevent heart disease.

How to use Raloxifene HCL

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking raloxifene and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew because the drug has a bitter taste.

Be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Consult your doctor or pharmacist to see if you need to take calcium and vitamin D supplements.

Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets.

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