Raloxifene Hydrochloride 60 Mg Film-Coated Tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
!l. What Raloxifene hydrochloride is and what it is used for
*2. What you need to know before you take Raloxifene hydrochloride
i3. How to take Raloxifene hydrochloride
A. Possible side effects
Is. How to store Raloxifene hydrochloride
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Raloxifene hydrochloride tablets contain the active substance raloxifene hydrochloride.
jRaloxifene hydrochloride is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Raloxifene hydrochloride reduces the risk of vertebral fractures in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis. A reduction in the risk of hip fractures has not been shown.
Raloxifene hydrochloride belongs to a group of non-hormonal medicines called Selective Oestrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs). When a woman reaches the menopause, the level of the female sex hormone estrogen goes pown. Raloxifene hydrochloride mimics some of the helpful effects of estrogen after the menopause.
bsteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to become thin and fragile - this disease is especially common in women after the menopause. Although it may have no symptoms at first, osteoporosis makes you more likely to break bones, especially in your spine, hips and wrists and may cause back pain, loss of height and a curved back.
[• If you are allergic to raloxifene or any of the ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
!• If there is still a possibility that you can get pregnant, Raloxifene hydrochloride could harm your unborn child, i* If you are being treated or have been treated for blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis), in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) or in the eyes (retinal vein thrombosis).
;• If you have liver disease (examples of liver disease include cirrhosis, mild hepatic impairment or cholestatic | jaundice).
!• If you have any unexplained vaginal bleeding. This must be investigated by your doctor. i» If you have active uterine cancer, as there is insufficient experience of Raloxifene hydrochloride use in women with this disease.
;• If you have severe kidney problems.
Warnings and precautions
talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you take Raloxifene hydrochloride.
|* If you are immobilised for some time such as being wheel-chair bound, needing to be admitted to a hospital ] or having to stay in bed while recovering from an operation or an unexpected illness as these may increase ; your risk of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or retinal vein thrombosis).
!• If you are receiving oral oestrogen therapy.
!• If you are suffering from breast cancer, as there is insufficient experience of Raloxifene hydrochloride use in ! women with this disease.
|* If you have had a cerebrovascular accident (e.g. stroke), or if your doctor has told you that you are at high risk | of having one.
[• If you have liver disease.
<lt is unlikely that Raloxifene hydrochloride will cause vaginal bleeding. So any vaginal bleeding while you take Raloxifene hydrochloride is unexpected. You should have this investigated by your doctor.
IRaloxifene hydrochloride does not treat postmenopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes.
Raloxifene hydrochloride lowers total cholesterol and LDL ("bad") cholesterol. In general, it does not change triglycerides or HDL ("good") cholesterol. However, if you have taken estrogen in the past and had extreme elevations in triglycerides, you should talk to your doctor before taking Raloxifene hydrochloride.
bther medicines and Raloxifene hydrochloride
[fell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
]lf you are taking digitalis medicines for your heart or anticoagulants like warfarin to thin your blood, your doctor ]may need to adjust your dose of these medicines.
tall your doctor if you are taking cholestyramine which is mainly used as lipid-lowering medicine.
IRaloxifene hydrochloride is for use only by postmenopausal women and must not be taken by women who could |still have a baby. Raloxifene hydrochloride could harm your unborn child.
|Do not take Raloxifene hydrochloride if you are breast-feeding as it might be excreted in mother's milk.
[Raloxifene hydrochloride has no known effects on driving or using machines, haloxifene hydrochloride tablets contain lactose
Ilf you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to lactose, a type of sugar, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not £ure.
The dose is one tablet a day. It does not matter what time of day you take your tablet but taking the tablet at the £ame time each day will help you remember to take it. You may take it with or without food.
The tablets are for oral use.
Swallow the tablet whole. If you wish you may take a glass of water with it. Do not break or crush the tablet before taking it.
Your doctor will tell you how long you should continue to take Raloxifene hydrochloride. The doctor may also bdvise you to take calcium and vitamin D supplements.
Ilf you stop taking Raloxifene hydrochloride
You should talk to your doctor first.
lit is important that you continue taking Raloxifene hydrochloride for as long as your doctor prescribes the Imedicine.
IRaloxifene hydrochloride can treat or prevent your osteoporosis only if you continue to take the tablets.
Ilf you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to take Raloxifene hydrochloride
Take a tablet as soon as you remember and then continue as before. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet dose.
If you take more Raloxifene hydrochloride than you should
[Tell your doctor or pharmacist. If you take more Raloxifene hydrochloride than you should you could have leg cramps and dizziness.
[Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects although not everybody gets them. The majority of side effects seen with raloxifene have been mild.
yery common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
[• Hot flushes (vasodilation)
!• Flu syndrome
!• Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and stomach upset !• Increased blood pressure
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
» Headache including migraine [• Leg cramps
[• Swelling of hands, feet and legs (peripheral oedema)
[• Gallstones [• Rash
!• Mild breast symptoms such as pain, enlargement and tenderness
lUncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
!• Increased risk of blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis)
!• Increased risk of blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism)
* Increased risk of blood clots in the eyes (retinal vein thrombosis)
» Skin around the vein is red and painful (superficial vein thrombophlebitis)
[• Blood clot in an artery (for example stroke, including an increased risk of dying from stroke)
[• Decrease in the number of the platelets in the blood
[In rare cases, blood levels of liver enzymes may increase during treatment with Raloxifene hydrochloride. Reporting of side effects
Ilf you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme, website www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of Ithis medicine.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use after the expiry date which is stated on the pack. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Keep the blister in the outer carton in order to protect from light and moisture. Do not freeze.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.
!• The active substance is raloxifene hydrochloride. Each tablet contains 60 mg of raloxifene hydrochloride,
! which is equivalent to 56 mg raloxifene.
'• The other ingredients of Raloxifene hydrochloride tablets are:
Tablet core: Sodium starch glycolate, citric acid monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, dibasic calcium phosphate, poloxamer 407, magnesium stearate
Tablet coating: Hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide (El 71) and macrogol/PEG 400.
What Raloxifene hydrochloride tablets look like and contents of the pack
Raloxifene hydrochloride are white elliptical, film coated tablets. They are packed in blisters. The blister boxes contain 14,28,30,84, or 90 tablets. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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