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Is it safe to take Evista for leg cramps?

I have an Aunt that will be 93 years old in June of this year and she has been on Evista for aleast 2 years. However she is always complaining of Leg cramps during the night and leg aches during the day and states that is is arthiristis but after reading about Evista and side affects I'm not so sure it is all arthritis. I was reading the rating of the drugs and effects but I did not see any on the drug of her age. she is very loyal to the doctors that perscribed the medication and will not change or stop on her own. I was looking into it for a generic for her due to it is a hudge expense for her. Do you have any thoughts on her age and the drug vs arthritis?
Mon, 13 Jan 2014
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

There is no relationship between arthritis and leg cramps. And Evista (Raloxifene) is indicated for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis.

There are numerous causes for leg cramps (nocturnal cramps). In general, night leg cramps are likely to be related to muscle fatigue and nerve problems. In rare situations, night leg cramps can be associated with an underlying disorder, such as peripheral artery disease — in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs — diabetes or spinal stenosis.

Most of the time, night leg cramps occur for no known reason, and they're usually harmless.

Activities that might help prevent leg cramps include:
• Drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration
• Stretching your leg muscles or riding a stationary bicycle for a few minutes before you go to bed
• Massaging the cramped muscle with your hands or with ice
• Walking or jiggling the leg
• Taking a hot shower or warm bath
• These cramps at times may be associated with POTASSIUM deficiency and so foods such as bananas, potatoes, prune juice and dried fruit are to be taken as dietary supplement.
• Also, calcium fortified foods like seafood and fish, almonds, flaxseed, oats, prunes, sesame seeds, tofu and kale can help to stave off muscle pain & spasm.
• Avoid acidic foods and drinks like tomatoes and vinegar which blocks the body’s natural ability to absorb calcium leading to muscle aches & muscle fatigue.

I suggest you to consult a Neurophysician for a detailed workup and further management.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
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