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How can i be sure that it was a bilateral oopherectomy and the use of arimidex (anastrozole) that caused my osteoporosis and how could it have been stopped or helpd?

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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Osteoporosis: Arimidex and oophorectomy both can cause osteoporosis. Oophorectomy because you lose the estogen they produce Arimidex lists bone softening as one of the potential side effects. Probably no absolute way to prevent it. Calcium , vitamin d, wt bearing exercise. If you can take estrogen, or non hormonal like Evista can help. Talk to doc for options available based on your medical conditions.
Dr. Chaitanya Mamillapalli
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Armidex use is associated with bone loss and increased risk of fracture. In light of this, patients who are on Armidex, should have a comprehensive evaluation including DEXA scan for osteoporosis. please review information about calcium and vitamin D supplementation https://www.nof.org/patients/treatment/calciumvitamin-d Based upon the risk factors, will likely need pharmacological treatment. Rec

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