Evista – a new medication to treat osteopenia, osteoporosis, and breast cancer

There’s a new medication to treat osteopenia, osteoporosis, and breast cancer.

EVISTA is a synthetic hormone-like drug for osteopenia and osteoporosis.  Postmenopausal women who have osteopenia reduce their of developing osteoporosis by 87%, and reduce their risk of having a fracture in their back by 47% .  Postmenopausal women who have osteoporosis reduce their risk of developing a fracture in their back by 55%.

Both group of women reduce their risk of getting breast cancer.  The most common side effect of this medication is hot flashes which is usually temporary.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley



  1. This states that evista is a “new” medicine. I have been taking it for 15 years. I am 75, have a satisfactory bone density test every two years and take calcium, Vit. D and excercise. Is it necessary to continue with this medicine or is there something new that would be similar? Thank you for a reply.

    1. Judith,
      The answer depends on a lot of factors. Your best bet would be to talk with your health care provider who is caring for you now. He/She know the most about you and can make the best suggestions for your current condition. If you don’t feel you are getting the answers you need, I would suggest getting another opinion.
      Dr. Nancy Scheinost

  2. I have a sibbling with history of breast cancer and I am postmenopausal with a recent diagnosis of osteoporosis , Is evista a good option for bone loss prevention

  3. Adla,

    It depends on your risk factors, the severity of your bone loss, and other meds taken. There is not one easy answer. Consult with your health provider to see if you are a candidate for Evista therapy.

    Dr. Nancy Scheinost

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