Raloxifene is prescribed to help strengthen bones in people with osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become brittle and easily break. It is also used to stop breast cancer from spreading. This medication mimics estrogen’s ability to strengthen and thicken bones while simultaneously blocking estrogen’s effects on breast tissue in order to stop the spread of breast cancer.

Side Effects/Warnings

Patients may develop blood clots in their legs or lungs as a result of taking this medication. If you have any of these symptoms, discontinue use of the medication and contact your doctor:

  • Leg pain
  • Warmth in your leg
  • Swelling in your hands, legs, ankles or feet
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Spitting up blood
  • Changes in vision

You are more likely to have a blood clot if you sit still for a long period of time. Don’t take the medication if you are on bed rest or are recovering from surgery.

Patients who have a history of heart disease or have had a heart attack or stroke should not take this medication because it increases the risk of stroke.

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