What is raloxifene and why is it prescribed?
Raloxifene is used to treat spine osteoporosis in post-menopausal women following a fracture.
It has some of the same beneficial effects on bone as the hormone oestrogen. For example, it increases the density of the vertebrae (the bones of the spine) and reduces vertebral fracture rates.
It also reduces the risk of breast cancer.
Is there any reason I shouldn't have raloxifene?
Because there's a small increased risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) raloxifene isn't usually suitable for older women. This treatment isn't used if you have a history of leg clots, womb cancer or liver disease.
Your doctor will probably suggest an alternative treatment if you're already having menopausal symptoms as raloxifene can make these worse.