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Can raloxifene help treat osteoporosis?

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Raloxifene (Evista) is an osteoporosis treatment that acts like the hormone estrogen and can help maintain bone mass. But studies have shown that it doesn't have some of the downsides of estrogen, like increasing the risk of breast or uterine cancers. Evista often causes hot flashes and makes you more likely to have blood clots.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases:"The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases -- National Resource Center."

National Osteoporosis Association: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief." 

Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia: "Osteoporosis."

MayoClinic.com: "Bone density test: Measure your risk of osteoporosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: Peak Bone Mass in Women."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Screening for Osteoporosis."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Facts on Osteoporosis."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases:"The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases -- National Resource Center."

National Osteoporosis Association: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief." 

Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia: "Osteoporosis."

MayoClinic.com: "Bone density test: Measure your risk of osteoporosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: Peak Bone Mass in Women."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Screening for Osteoporosis."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Facts on Osteoporosis."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

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