Magazine article Drug Topics

New Drug Checklist for the Patient

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Drug Checklist for the Patient

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RALOXIFENE ra-LOKS-ih-feen) us used after ment osteoporosis (weak to pre ent osteoporosis (weak or thin bones).

BRAND NAME(S): Evista HOW TO TAKE AND STORE THIS MEDICINE Tablets: Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often. You may be told to take one tablet every day. You may take the raloxifene with or without food. *Store the tablets at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. * IF YOU MISS A DOSE Take the missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for your net dose. Skip the missed dose if it is at time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at the same time.

WI DRUGS AND FOODS TO AVOID

Ask your doctor or pharmicist before taking any other medicine, including over-the-counter products.

* Do not drink large amounts of alcohol. If you smoke, stop smoking. Both alcohol and ciga-- rettes can make your bone problems worse.

Do not take cholestyramine while you are taking raloxifene. Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking clofibrate or other medicine to lower cholesterol; indomethacin; naproxen; ibuprofen; diazepam; diazoxide; or a blood thinner such as war farin (Coumadin).

Do not take raloxifene with any kind of estrogen (pills, patch, or shots). WARNINGS

You may need to take calcium and vii D tablets with this medicine to help make your bones stronger. Regular exercise can also help. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions.

Raloxifene may increase the risk of blood clots, especially during the first four months that you are taking the medicine. The clots can be in your eyes, legs, or lungs and can cause serious problems. Blood clots may form when you do not move around for long periods of time. If you know you are going to be resting in bed for a long time (such as after surgery), your doctor may tell you to stop taking the medicine three days before that time. …

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