Evista is a prescription drug recommended to women who have gone through menopause. It helps prevent osteoporosis together with calcium and Vitamin D.
Evista is in the form of an oral tablet. It is taken by mouth with a glass of water but not necessarily with a meal. The usual dosage is 60mg.
Do not take Evista if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant as it can cause birth defects. If you are, however, breastfeeding, inform your doctor first as it is not known whether Evista passes through breast milk. For those who are suffering from blood clots, cancer, liver disease, stroke and high triglycerides, they may be given a dose adjustment or may be discouraged from taking Evista.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember but skip it if the next scheduled dose is nearly due.
A serious side effect from taking Evista is the development of blood clots. This can, in turn, cause disability and worse, death. So, immediately call your doctor if you experience any of the following: blurred vision, vision loss, vision changes, sudden chest pain, difficulty breathing, coughing up blood, leg pain, warm feeling in the calves and swelling of the hands, feet and legs. Mild side effects include leg cramps and hot flushes.
Store Evista at room temperature 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit).
There have not yet been any records on overdoses in humans.
If you smoke or drink alcohol, talk to your doctor about Evista’s effects when combined with either cigarettes or alcohol. Avoid sitting or keeping still for long periods of time. So, if you have been advised bed rest by another doctor, notify the doctor who prescribed Evista.