ABOUT THIS STUDY
- Female RA patients ≥ 45 years old with self-reported postmenopausal for ≥12 months or prior hysterectomy with bilateral oophorectomy. Female patients ≥ 55 years old who had prior hysterectomy without oophorectomy or with unilateral oophorectomy.
- Having been receiving low to moderate dose of glucocorticoids (prednisone ≤7.5 mg/day or equivalent) for ≥3 months prior to entry. (When taking glucocorticoids PRN, prednisone ≥1mg/day in average.)
- Patients expected to be on glucocorticoid treatment for 3 months after entry.
- Patients with an osteopenic mean lumbar spine (LS; L1-L4) or femoral neck bone mineral density (BMD; -1 < T-score < -2.5)
- Patients who provide a written consent of participating in this study.
- Patients with condition that may interfere with the evaluation of spinal or hip
osteoporosis by DXA such as two or more vertebral (L1-L4) fractures or other vertebral
- Patients with hypercoagulability risk factors or a history of deep vein thrombosis and
- History of allergic reactions or intolerance to bazedoxifene or other SERM
- Patients receiving bisphosphonates, parathyroid hormone, SERMs, or anticonvulsants
therapies within 6 months prior to entry
- Patients with known bone disorders such as osteomalacia, renal osteodystrophy and
- Patients with undiagnosed uterine bleeding
- Patients with severe renal impairment or creatinine clearance <30ml/min
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