Evista is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, as well as to reduce the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, whether they have osteoporosis or not. It works by binding to estrogen receptors in the breast and by increasing bone mineral density. Evista comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day.

Evista has the active ingredient of raloxifene hydrochloride which is a prescribed medication approved for reducing the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Evista is made by Eli Lilly and Company. In clinical studies, it has been found that Evista taken along with calcium and vitamin D reduced the risk of vertebral fractures known as broken spinal bones by, compared to taking just calcium and vitamin D. It also increased bone mineral density a measure of the strength of bones in the spine, hip, and wrist.

How to Use Evista Tablets

  • The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
  • You can take Evista with or without food.
  • You can take Evista any time of the day, although it is best to take it at the same time each day.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Evista will not work if you stop taking it.

Cautions before use Evista Tablets

  • The medication can increase the risk of blood clots. You are at higher risk for blood clots if your mobility is limited due to surgery, bed rest, or traveling.
  • In one study of Evista in women with heart disease or who were at high risk for heart problems, the medication increased the risk of death due to strokes.
  • The medication may have negative effects on the lining of the uterus.
  • Evista does not prevent all cases of breast cancer.
  • If you have liver or kidney disease, as your body may not handle Evista.

Evista Tablets Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Evista are as follows:

  • Hot flashes
  • Joint pain
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, and body aches
  • Swelling or water retention in the lower legs, ankles, or feet
  • Muscle spasms or leg cramps
  • Infections
  • Sinus infection
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle pain
  • Insomnia
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Sweating
  • Pneumonia

Evista Tablets Reactions and Overdose

If certain medications are combined with Evista, drug interactions may occur. These interactions can increase the risk of side effects or make Evista less effective. Medications that can cause Evista drug interactions include bile-acid sequestrants, estrogen medications, thyroid medications, and warfarin. To prevent these and other interactions, your healthcare provider may decide to monitor you more closely.

If a person takes too much Evista, overdose effects can vary and will often depend on how much Evista was taken and whether it was combined with other drugs. Commonly reported symptoms include shakiness, coordination problems, dizziness, and leg cramps. The treatment for an Evista overdose can also vary, but typically includes supportive care treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose.


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