Compare Evista vs. calcitonin

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Evista
(Raloxifene)

Miacalcin
(Calcitonin)

Prevents bone loss and lowers your risk of breast cancer. Evista (Raloxifene) is effective at reducing bone loss and lowering the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, but does carry the risk of blood clots.Coming soon.
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Side effects
Evistacalcitonin
  • Muscle spasms/leg cramps 4%
  • Leg cramps 3%
  • Sinus inflammation 3%
  • Leg or ankle swelling 2%
  • Muscle pain 2%
  • Sleep difficulty 2%
  • Rash 2%
  • Joint pain 2%
  • Weight gain 2%
  • Any side effect 1%
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How it works
Evistacalcitonin
Evista (Raloxifene) is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM). It acts like estrogen to make your bones stronger and less likely to break, and also protects breast and uterus tissues from other estrogen effects.Coming soon.
Type of medication
Evistacalcitonin
Osteoporosis
Selective estrogen receptor modulator
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
Evistacalcitonin
  • Pill
  • Nasal spray
Used for (click to learn more)
Evistacalcitonin
  • Hypercalcemia Paget's disease Postmenopausal osteoporosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
Evistacalcitonin
  • History of stroke
  • Heart and blood vessel problems
  • History of mini stroke (TIA)
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
    • History of high triglycerides
      Detailed Evista (Raloxifene) risks & warnings »
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      Pregnancy category
      Evistacalcitonin
      XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

      Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      • Regular exercise, cutting back on smoking, and drinking less alcohol can also reduce your risk of bone loss.
      No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      • Take 1 tablet daily with or without food about the same time each day. It’s important to read the information you get with your medicine about how to take Evista (Raloxifene).
      No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      • Evista (Raloxifene) is processed by the kidney and liver. If you have kidney or liver problems, talk to your doctor because you may need a different dose.
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      Evistacalcitonin
      • Evista (Raloxifene) doesn’t affect the breast or uterus the same way that estrogen does, so the risk of cancer is much lower.
      • Taking Evista (Raloxifene) with calcium and vitamin D improves spine and hip bone health and lowers the risk of fractures.
      • Lowers total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the bad cholesterol).
      Coming soon.
      Downsides and risks
      Evistacalcitonin
      • Can only take Evista (Raloxifene) once you’re in menopause. You can't take it if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
      • Evista (Raloxifene) isn’t as effective as tamoxifen at lowering the risk of invasive breast cancer.
      • Shouldn’t take it with any other forms of estrogen (pills, patches, or injection).
      • It doesn’t increase bone strength as much as estrogen does and isn’t effective for treating hot flashes.
      Coming soon.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      Evistacalcitonin
      • Take 1 tablet daily with or without food about the same time each day. It’s important to read the information you get with your medicine about how to take Evista (Raloxifene).
      • Your doctor may tell you to take calcium and vitamin D with Evista (Raloxifene) to prevent osteoporosis (bone thinning and loss), especially if you don’t get enough in your diet.
      • Regular exercise, cutting back on smoking, and drinking less alcohol can also reduce your risk of bone loss.
      Coming soon.
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