Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Raloxifene


Last updated on 03/08/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Raloxifene



DRUG CLASS: Endocrine drugs

SUB CLASS: Selective oestrogen receptor modulators

USED FOR: Osteoporosis, Prophylaxis of breast cancer in postmenopausal women


What is Raloxifene for?

Raloxifene belongs to a class of medications called selective oestrogen receptor modulators (SERMs). It mimics the function of a female sex hormone to treat and prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women by increasing bone density. It can also selectively block the function of that female sex hormone in breast tissue to reduce to risk of developing invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

How to use it?

Raloxifene is taken orally as tablets. The usual dose is 60 mg once daily for 5 years or longer. Also, dietary supplements of Calcium and Vitamin D are highly recommended if dietary intake is inadequate.

What are the side effects of Raloxifene?

Common side effects of Raloxifene include peripheral oedema, hot flashes, arthralgia, flu-like symptoms, and leg cramps.

Who should not take Raloxifene?

– Patient with a history of or current venous thromboembolic disorders
Pregnant women

Pharmacist Tips:

– Avoid sitting or not moving for long periods of time because it may increase the risk of developing blood clots.
– Have regular breast exams during treatment.
– Diet and weight-bearing exercise also play an important role in bone health. Besides, avoid excessive alcohol use and smoking while taking this medication. 

Common dosing schedule:
Raloxifene can be taken with or without food.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Raloxifene may interact with:
– Hormone replacement therapy, e.g. Conjugated estrogens

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Raloxifene in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Raloxifene is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Raloxifene in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.