“SERMs is “shorthand” for a class of drug called
selective oestrogen receptor modulators.
They are a versatile group of drugs that can be used to…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Hormone Therapy and SERMs Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Evista (chemical name: Raloxifene)
  • Fareston (chemical name: Toremifene)
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Hormone Therapy (HT)
  • Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT)
  • Oestrogen Agonist/Antagonists
  • Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs)
  • Tamoxifen (brand name: Soltamox)

Definition

What is SERMs?

DotS the definition of SERMs may vary. The Australasian Menopause Society’s (AMS) definition is:

“SERMs is “shorthand” for a class of drug called selective oestrogen receptor modulators”.2

Treatment

What can SERMs be used to treat?

In SERMs – Their Role In Menopause Management the AMS explain:

“They are a versatile group of drugs that can be used to treat/ prevent a number of conditions such as osteoporosis, infertility and hormone responsive cancers. Within the SERM class, different compounds have differing agonist or antagonist effects at the oestrogen receptor in different tissues, therefore they are “selective””.3

Raloxifene

What is Raloxifene?

On page two in SERMs FAQs – Q: I Have Low Bone Mineral Density. Is There A SERM That Can Help? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) elaborate on:

“A: Raloxifene (marketed as Evista), a mixed estrogen activator (agonist) and blocker (antagonist), acts as an activator in bone and as a blocker in the uterus and breast. It is FDA approved to prevent and treat osteoporosis and to reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer in women who have osteoporosis or who are at high risk of breast cancer. Its benefits include slowing the process of bone loss and rebuilding (called bone turnover), increasing bone density, and reducing the risk of vertebral fractures caused by osteoporosis”.4

What is FDA?

FDA can be an abbreviation for the (United States) Food and Drug Administration.

SERMs FAQs

Is there a SERMs FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)?

In What Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) Can Do for You: Frequently Asked Questions About SERMs you can “get answers to the 12-most frequently asked questions about SERMs” in SERMs FAQs.

Health Care Provider

What if I choose to use SERMs?

If you choose to use SERMs, it may be in your best interest to also choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

On page two in SERMS FAQs: Q: So What Is the Bottom Line? the NAMS explain:

Hormone Therapy and SERMs

“A: Talk to your clinician about whether a SERM might be right for you if you are experiencing hot flashes and have a history of breast cancer, have been told you have low bone density, want to avoid bleeding or change in breast density but need relief from hot flashes, or sex is painful for you. Write your questions and all your symptoms down before your visit to discuss with your clinician. There is help out there”.5

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  1. SERMs – Their Role In Menopause Management. Content Updated May 2017. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/971-serms-their-role-in-menopause-management Accessed: 18 October 2022
  2. SERMs – Their Role In Menopause Management. Content Updated May 2017. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/971-serms-their-role-in-menopause-management Accessed: 18 October 2022
  3. SERMs – Their Role In Menopause Management. Content Updated May 2017. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/971-serms-their-role-in-menopause-management Accessed: 18 October 2022
  4. SERMs FAQs – Q: I Have Low Bone Mineral Density. Is There A SERM That Can Help? Page 2. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/docs/default-source/for-women/serms-faqs.pdf Accessed: 18 October 2022
  5. SERMs FAQs – Q: So What Is the Bottom Line? Page 3. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/docs/default-source/for-women/serms-faqs.pdf Accessed: 18 October 2022
Topic Last Updated: 18 October 2022 – Topic Last Reviewed: 18 October 2022

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