When a woman reaches menopause, the levels of the female sex hormone, estrogen, decreases. The decrease in estrogen may also cause the bones to become thinner, weaker and easier to break, causing a condition called osteoporosis.Raloxifene belongs to a group of non-hormonal medicines called Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs). Raloxifene is used for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women by mimicking some of the helpful effects of estrogen after menopause.
Side effects tend to occur at the beginning of treatment and goes away as the treatment goes. Inform your doctor if these side effects become bothersome.
This medication may cause blood clots to form. However, this is rare and the doctor would have evaluated and weighed its benefits over risks before prescribing the medication for you.
The symptoms of blood clot include one or more of the following:
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Some medications may affect how Raloxifene works or be affected by Raloxifene. These include blood thinners such as warfarin, cholesterol medications such as cholestyramine and hormone-replacement therapy (HRT). Please inform other healthcare professionals that you are taking Raloxifene if you are seeing them for other medical conditions.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.
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