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Monday, October 20, 2008 Avis, Community Member, asks

Q: is evista dangerous to use

I have started taking Evista.  I have been doing some reading that scares me about the dangers of Evista.  What can you tell me?

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
10/21/08 11:35pm

Hi Avis:  I hope I can help...  I take Evista, so I know what you must be going through.  Do you have a history of clots, or a need to stay in bed for long periods of time, or fly frequently?  If so, the drug needs to be discontinued 72 hours prior to any air plane trip or medical procedures that require bed rest.

 

When I made my decision to take this I had to decide which possible side effect was more likely to happen.  I've had many fractures, and never have had a clot, so the fear of fracture is greater for me than the clotting issues.  For you this answer may be different, and you are the only one who can make this decision.

 

If you are allergic to any ingredient in Evista, then you wouldn't be able to take it.  The only way I can help, I think, is to tell you to make a list of the pros and cons, of the drug and see which list is the best.  Do the pros out number the cons or vice versa?  If you have a history of strokes, mini stroke or atrial fibrillation (a type of irregular heart beat) then you should discuss these with your healthcare provider before deciding to take Evista.

 

Good Luck...

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patricia, Community Member
10/24/08 4:16pm

AVIS I ALSO AM TAKING EVISTA, BUT MY DOCTOR WANTS ME TO TAKE THE FORTEO DRUG. I REFUSE TO TAKE THAT, BECAUSE 1. I DON'T LIKE THE IDEA OF TAKING A SHOT EVERYDAY, FOR 2 YRS, 2. I'VE READ SO MUCH BAD NEWS ABOUT THIS DRUG, THAT I DARE NOT TAKE IT. I'VE TAKEN FOSSAMAX, AND ANTONEL, AND BOTH GAVE ME EXCRUCIATING MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN THAT I HAD TO GO THROUGH EMERGENCY TO GET HELP. THE EVISTA HAS DONE OK FOR ME. THERE ARE NO BLOOD CLOT DISORDERS IN MY FAMILY, BUT I DID GET A FEW LIKE CHARLIE HORSES IN THE BACK OF MY LEGS. IT ALSO GIVES ME HOT FLASHES EVERY NOW AND THEN. SO FOR ME EVISTA IS OK. I GUESS IT MIGHT BE DIFFERENT FOR EACH WOMAN. I HOPE THIS HELPS SOME.

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sandra, Community Member
5/27/11 6:26am

It is not dangerous to use evista or generic for evista. I have been on generic evista and I am very much fine with this drug.

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By Avis, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/17/13, First Published: 10/20/08