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What is raloxifene?

Raloxifene is a type of medicine that is known as a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM). This means that, in some places in the body, it acts the same way that the hormone estrogen would act, while in other places, it blocks the effect of estrogen.

Specifically, within the bone, raloxifene acts like estrogen would: It prevents the kind of bone weakening that can lead to osteoporosis. In the breast, however, raloxifene acts as an “anti-estrogen," which means it can lower the risk of developing breast cancer for some women. Raloxifene also acts like an anti-estrogen in uterine tissue.

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