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Gynecol Endocrinol. 2004 Apr;18(4):194-8.

Veralipride administered in combination with raloxifene decreases hot flushes and improves bone density in early postmenopausal women.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, University of Siena, Siena, Italy.


We evaluated the administration of raloxifene and veralipride in postmenopausal women with high osteoporosis risk and hot flushes in whom hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was contraindicated. A group of early postmenopausal women (n = 29) (mean age 51.8 +/- 4.1), complaining of severe vasomotor symptoms and with a bone mineral density (BMD) T-score between -1.5 and -2.5 were evaluated. They were randomly assigned to two treatment groups: raloxfene (60 mg/day) continuously in association with veralipride (100 mg/day) on alternate days (n = 17); or on alternate months (n = 12). BMD, serum prolactin concentration and endometrial thickness were assessed at baseline and after 6 months of therapy. Kupperman Index and hot flushes were assessed before and after 3 and 6 months of therapy. BMD was significantly higher at the end of therapy with an increase of 1.1%. Kupperman Index was significantly reduced after 3 months and a further decrease at 6 months was observed with both protocols. Both treatments led to a significant reduction of hot flushes after 3 and 6 months. No signifcant changes of prolactin levels were observed in either protocol. We found that the combined raloxifene-veralipride treatment, both every other day and every other month, led to a significant improvement in bone density and was effective in hot flushes and other menopause-associated symptoms. These protocols could represent a new way to administer raloxifene in early postmenopausal women at high osteoporosis risk with HRT contraindication.

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