What is Raloxifene used for?
Raloxifene is used for the treatment of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
Raloxifene may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
How does Raloxifene work?
Raloxifene belongs to the class of drugs called selective oestrogen receptor modulators (SERMs). This drug acts by reducing the bone resorption and increasing the bone mineral density in post-menopausal women. It also acts by blocking the uterotrophic responses to oestrogen. Thus, it strengthens the bones and reduces the risk of fractures.
How to take Raloxifene?
The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Raloxifene as prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.
If you miss a dose of Raloxifene, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
The overdose symptoms of Raloxifene may include:
- Leg cramps
- Loss of coordination
What are the drugs that interact with Raloxifene?
Drugs that interact with Raloxifene include the following:
- Tranexamic Acid
This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.
What are the side effects of Raloxifene?
The following are the most common side effects of Raloxifene:
- Painful urination
- Skin rash
- Chest pain
- Swelling of hands or feet
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Congestion in throat
The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:
- Trouble breathing
- Changes in vision
- Leg cramps
- Severe dizziness
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.
What special precautions should be followed while taking Raloxifene?
- Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Raloxifene or similar drugs.
- Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may worsen the side effects of Raloxifene.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Raloxifene causes dizziness or blurred vision.
- Be cautious while taking Raloxifene if you have any history of high serum triglyceride levels.
- Increase the intake of calcium and vitamin D supplements while taking Raloxifene medication.
You are advised not to take Raloxifene if
- it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
- the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.
What should you tell your doctor before taking Raloxifene?
- Tell your doctor if you have any history of kidney or liver disease.
- Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
- Tell your doctor if you are taking Raloxifine medication while on Warfarin.
- Inform your doctor if you are scheduled for any surgery.
- Consult your doctor if you experience any vaginal bleeding while taking this medicine.
Frequently asked questions about Raloxifene
- Is it safe to breastfeed while on Raloxifene medication?
- How should Raloxifene be stored?
- Can I suggest Raloxifene to another person with same symptoms?
- Is it safe to take Raloxifene if I have a history of clotting disorder?
Avoid nursing a baby while taking Raloxifene medication. However, consult your doctor during breastfeeding.
Raloxifene should be stored at room temperature, away from heat, light and moisture. Keep the medication away from the reach of children.
No. It is not advised to suggest Raloxifene medication to another person with same symptoms. Raloxifene should be taken only when prescribed by the doctor.
Raloxifene may increase the risk of blood clot formation in the blood vessels. Notify the doctor about your health condition before using the drug.
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