Regardless of the condition being treated, your age, weight, or other factors, raloxifene dosing guidelines recommend the same amount: 60 mg a day. You can take the medication with or without food. What's important is that you take your raloxifene dose at the same time each day. You may also need to make sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D while taking the drug.
An Introduction to Raloxifene DosingThere is only one standard dose of raloxifene hydrochloride (Evista®), regardless of your age, weight, or other medical conditions or medications. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Raloxifene Dosing for Osteoporosis or Breast CancerRaloxifene is approved to prevent and treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. It is also approved to lower the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, as well as postmenopausal women who are high risk for breast cancer. No matter what the use, the recommended dose is raloxifene 60 mg once daily.
If you are taking raloxifene for osteoporosis treatment or prevention, it is important that you get enough calcium and vitamin D. Typically, most postmenopausal women need 1500 mg of calcium per day (divided into three smaller doses) and 400 to 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day. Some women (such as the elderly or chronically ill) may need even more vitamin D.
General Information on Dosing With RaloxifeneConsiderations for people taking raloxifene include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- You can take raloxifene with or without food.
- You can take raloxifene any time of the day, although it is best to take it at the same time each day.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Raloxifene will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to raloxifene or raloxifene dosing, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.