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A 60-year-old female asked:

I am not able to swallow large pills. what are my options if i need treatment for osteoporosis?

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Dr. Hanford Yau
Endocrinology 17 years experience
Liquid & IV med: Liquid Fosamax is available as an option. Other options include annual IV injection of zoledronic acid (Reclast). IV therapy may require insurance approval for coverage. Besides medication for osteoporosis, be sure to have adequate vitamin D level and intake along with weight bearing exercises to strengthen your bones.
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Dr. Lori Mcneal
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Osteoporosis: There is an iv form of bisphosphanates called Reclast (zoledronic acid) as well as a subcutaneous injection called Prolia. There is a nasal spray called Miacalcin which is also effective
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Dr. Hanford Yau
Dr. Hanford Yau commented
Endocrinology 17 years experience
Miacalcin should NOT be considered for treatment of osteoporosis anymore as it does NOT reduce the risk of fractures. The FDA has voted against ongoing marketing of Miacalcin for the indication of osteoporosis. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/Drugs/ReproductiveHealthDrugsAdvisoryCommittee/UCM341779.pdf http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/780323
Aug 1, 2014
Dr. Lawrence Kramer
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not oral mess: There are intravenous and injectable medication for osteoporosis, so don't worry
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