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Thursday, February 24, 2011 Westly, Community Member, asks

Q: Can I just stop taking Evista, or do I have to gradually stop taking it.

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
2/26/11 9:01pm

Hi Westly, welcome... Here's the prescribing information (PI) for Evista  (it's the first listing under Warnings and Precautions on the first page.  Please read the entire pdf, so you'll know about all the side effects.  Also, confirm this with your Dr. and take this information with you to your Dr.

 

Here's a quote from the PI that explains why you need to discontinue this medication during certain medical situations.  "Venous Thromboembolism: Increased risk of deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and retinal vein thrombosis. Discontinue use 72
hours prior to and during prolonged immobilization. (5.1, 6.1)

 

According to the PI, you would stop the medication before, surgery, bed rest, or prolonged air line flights.  You do not have to taper the dose to stop it.

 

Good luck...

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Jamie, Community Member
2/ 9/14 11:26am

I was put on Evista after having surgery for a "suspicious" looking something in my breast.  They removed whatever looked suspicious and everything was benign,  My Dr. put me on Evista as a precautionary for cancer returning?  But I didn't have cancer.  Anyway I took it for 18 months then I just had to stop taking it because I could not afford $200 a month anymore for this medication.  I told my Dr and she understood and that $200 is a ridiculous price.  I told her when my new insurance kicked in I could get it again because after researching it  it would only cost me about $60 a month.  that was in November.  I'm STILL waiting for this new insurance to kick in.  Supposedly I have it but I still don't have a #.  I've been off of it since November but am now starting to get worried because I didn't think it would take this long to switch over to the new insurance and take this long to get the medication.  Should I be worried that I'm still not back on Evista?  Does Evista really cut the chance of me getting Cancer?

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By Westly, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/09/14, First Published: 02/24/11