molecule

Raloxifene

Molecule Description

Raloxifene is used to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis (a condition in which bo...
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uses

Uses of Raloxifene

To treat and prevent osteoporosis and breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
contraindications

Contraindications of Raloxifene

When should one not use Raloxifene

  • Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to Raloxifene
  • Do not take this medicine if you have a history of blood clots in your legs, lungs or eyes or unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Do not take this medicine if you are suffering from severe kidney or liver disease
  • Do not take this medicine if there is a possibility to get pregnant
sideEffects

Side effects of Raloxifene

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Hot flashes
  • High blood pressure
  • Headache, joint pain, and leg cramps, swelling of hands, feet and legs
  • Nausea, stomach upset, vomiting
  • Mild breast symptoms like pain, enlargement and tenderness
precautionsAndWarnings

Precautions and Warnings of Raloxifene

pregnancy

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Raloxifene during pregnancy?
A:
Do not take this medicine during pregnancy as it may harm the unborn baby. Generally, it is advised to postmenopausal women.
breastfeeding

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Raloxifene while breastfeeding?
A:
It is unsafe to take this medicine during breastfeeding.
driving

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed Raloxifene?
A:
Usually, it does not affect your ability to drive.
alcohol

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Raloxifene?
A:
No information is available on interactions of Raloxifene when taken with alcohol, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.
otherGeneralWarnings

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You are immobilized for some time such as using a wheelchair, needing to be admitted to a hospital or having to stay in bed while recovering from an operation or an unexpected illness as these may inc...
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  • You have had a cerebrovascular accident (e.g. stroke)
  • You have liver disease or suffering from breast cancer
  • You are receiving oral oestrogen therapy
modeOfAction

Mode of Action of Raloxifene

How Does It Work?

Raloxifene acts like estrogen and decreases bone loss and thinning of bones in women after menopause, thereby preventing the bones from the risk of fracture. It reduces the risk of invasive breast can...
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interactions

Interactions of Raloxifene

Interactions with other medicines

  • Cholestyramine (lipid-lowering medicine)
  • Anticoagulants/ blood thinners (Warfarin) because it may decrease the effectiveness of Raloxifene

Interactions with food items

No information is available on interactions of this medicine when taken with food, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.
dietaryRestrictions

Dietary Restrictions of Raloxifene

No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Raloxifene, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.
dosage

Dosage of Raloxifene

Overdose

Overdose of this medicine may lead to cause symptoms such as diarrhea, flushing, loss of coordination, severe leg cramps, tremors and vomiting. Seek immediate medical care in case of an overdose of th...
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Missed a Dose

Take the missed dose as early as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is too late and continue as per schedule. Do not take extra medicine to compensate for the missed dose.

Content Details

WRITTEN BY
doctor

Dr. Rukman Mecca

MBBS, MD (Community Medicine)

REVIEWED BY
doctor

Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking this medicine?

A: Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. Also, notify your doctor of all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal preparations and nutritional supplements that you may be taking before starting this medication.

Q: What special precautions should I follow?

A: If you are traveling while taking this medicine, try to avoid sitting in one place for a long time to prevent the risk of clotting.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)
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