What is Raloxifene?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Evista

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Raloxifene is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM). It is used for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, and risk reduction for invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Osteoporosis 19 6
Osteopenia 6 2
Breast cancer 2 2
General health 1 0
Itching 1 0
Menopause 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Raloxifene

Side effect Patients
Nightmares 2
Anxious mood 1
Depressed mood 1
Esophagitis 1
Generalized weakness (asthenia) 1
Migraine 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Raloxifene

Dosage Patients
60 mg daily 7

Why patients stopped taking Raloxifene

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 6
Side effects too severe 3
Did not seem to work 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
See all 11 patients who've stopped taking Raloxifene

Duration

Currently taking Raloxifene

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Raloxifene

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Raloxifene after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alendronate (Fosamax) 1
Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) 1
Zoledronic acid (Zometa) 1

Patients stopped taking Raloxifene and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Denosumab (Prolia) 2
Last updated:

4 patient evaluations for Raloxifene

Aug 15, 2018 (Started Nov 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily

Dec 18, 2017 (Started Nov 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily

May 13, 2017 (Started Nov 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily

Apr 15, 2017 (Started Nov 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Bone density test 2 years ago was good, but required to change meds. After 2 years on this med at this dose, I have reverted to the osteoporosis levels I had before beginning any med for osteoporosis. In short, for me, this med at this dose was useless in protecting me from bone loss.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Mar 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for breast cancer)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

May 26, 2012 (Started Mar 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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