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Can arimidex (anastrozole) cause osteoporosis and is there a way to prevent it?

Can arimidex (anastrozole) cause osteoporosis and is there a way to prevent it?

Arimidex (anastrozole): Arimidex (anastrozole) is a definetely a reason to have a bone mineral density screening. It can decrease bone mineral density which may increase the risk of osteoporosis. First have a bone screening. Make sure to eat a healthy diet and find foods rich in calcium. A calcium supplement with vit d is a great choice too, but is not the main way to get your calcium. If you can do weight bearing exercises also. ...Read more

Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Should a treating gynecologist know that surgical bilateral oopherectomy and arimidex (anastrozole) would cause severe osteoporosis and when should she monitor it?

Should a treating gynecologist know that surgical bilateral oopherectomy and arimidex (anastrozole) would cause severe osteoporosis and when should she monitor it?

That should B on the: Radar screen, but there are not clear guidelines. Depends on when this was performed but oncologists also should follow this and often do. One consideration would be raloxifene. It works on bone and some organs like estrogen, in the breast it blocks estrogen, just like tamoxifen. It may not b a bad option. Good luck, appears on hrt, should help bone, why arimidex (anastrozole)? ...Read more

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Is there a global standard of care related to oopherectomy/arimidex re bisphosphonates for rapid secondary severe osteoporosis?

The standard is to: Treat but there are a variety of treatment options that need to be customized to the individual based on their medical status and as to what is available locally for that individual. ...Read more

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Is there a guideline that says only women under 50 get osteoporosis after surgical meno.& arimidex (anastrozole) as that's what my dr thought now my bnes are ruined.

Bone loss: Aromatase inhibitor may cause bone loss. That is why it is important to have a baseline bone desitometry to check you bone density. In addition, while you are on aromatase inhibitor, there is a medication that you can get to prevent bone loss/decrease skeletal related event- like denosumab/prolia. Other bisphosphonate therapy also can be your option if you have osteoporosis. ...Read more

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I had breast cancer and developed severe osteoporosis whilst on arimidex/ooph, now on strontium ranelate. Is evista (raloxifene) a safer med or are they similar?

I had breast cancer and developed severe osteoporosis whilst on arimidex/ooph, now on strontium ranelate. Is evista (raloxifene) a safer med or are they similar?

Evista (raloxifene) is safe: Evista is a good medicine to prevent osteoporosis. Since you already have osteoporisis, for you the best medicine would be one of the bisphosphonates (there are several to choose from). Examaples include zoledronic acid (zoedronate), Fosamax and boniva (ibandronate). ...Read more

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Can osteoporosis be treated?

Osteoporosis treat: Osteoporosis can be treated. At your age it would be unusual to go right to a prescription unless it was severe, you already had fractures, or other medical conditions you might have. For most people your age, a good diet and exercise will go a long way towards good bone health. ...Read more

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How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

Bone density testing: The best test is a bone density test (known as a DXA scan). This painless test measures the density of your bones. Your doctor uses this test to predict the risk of bone fracture in the future. Sometimes a spine or hip xray can show fractures of your spine/vertebra which can indicate undiagnosed osteoporosis but usually the first test is the DXA scan. ...Read more

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Is having osteoporosis serious?

Is having osteoporosis serious?

Yes: Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures which can lead to chronic back pain, hip fractures are also very serious and have increased morbidity and mortality. In other words people don't do well after hip fracture and may never fully recover. ...Read more

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What is osteoporosis? Who gets it?

Osteoporosis.: Osteoporosis is demineralization (loss of calcium) of the bone. It comes in two types, osteopenia which is the condition of weakening bone which precedes osteoporosis. Risk factors include menopause, immobility, chronic steroid use, hyperparathyroidism, etc. ...Read more

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What are some signs of osteoporosis?

What are some signs of osteoporosis?

Bone fragility: Easy fractures of bone under minimal or normal conditions. Repeated fractures, stress fractures, spinal compression fractures, etc. Loss of height due to spinal compression fractures. Back pain, developing back hump. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

None: Most patients have no symptoms associated with bone loss until a fracture occurs. It is important to obtain a DEXA or bone density scan to measure bone density and see if osteoporosis or bone loss is occurring. ...Read more

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What organs are affected by osteoporosis?

What organs are affected by osteoporosis?

Bone: Osteoporosis affects the strength of the bone, and can predispose patients to develop fractures. In severe cases, spinal deformities can develop which can ultimately also affect the heart, lungs, and GI tract. ...Read more

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What increases my chances of osteoporosis?

What increases my chances of osteoporosis?

DIet, no exercise &: An unhealthy diet is the biggest risk for osteoporosis. Sugar, sodas, excessive meat/protein, coffee, alcohol & smoking all acidify your body & leach calcium from bones. Lack of regular exercise & deficiencies of vit d & k also increase risk, as can malabsorption. See http://doctorklaper. Com/answers05.Html & http://www. Drdach. Com/wst_page6.Html. ...Read more

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What is the layman's term for osteoporosis?

What is the layman's term for osteoporosis?

Brittle Bones: Osteoporosis results in "weakening" of the bones often leading to fractures. For this reason it is often described as "brittle bone " disease. ...Read more

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What is the biological cause of osteoporosis?

What is the biological cause of osteoporosis?

Metabolic disease: Osteoporosis is a metabolic disease caused by lack of sunshine, poor quality diets (filled with junk food), lack of exercise, hormonal imbalances, immune system imbalances. ...Read more

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What are the grades or categories of osteoporosis?

What are the grades or categories of osteoporosis?

See below: According to the world health organization. Normal bone is based on standard deviations of bone loss as compared to normal bone. The more negative the number the more bone loss. Normal 0 to -1 standard deviations, osteopenia is -1 to -2.5 standard deviations, and anything more negative then -2.5 standard deviations is osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Is osteoporosis curable?

Is osteoporosis curable?

Osteoporosis: Currently it is better to think of osteoporosis as a condition that can be managed or treated rather than cured. This is usually performed by dietary modifications, ingestion of supplemental calcium, vitamin d and a class of agents notice the bisphosphonates. These are usually delivered via oral or intramuscular injection on a weekly or monthly or even yearly basis. ...Read more

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Is osteoporosis curable?

Yes and no: Osteoporosis is a disease affect certain people more than others, osteoporosis is preventable for many people, curable in some. ...Read more

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Is prolia best for osteoporosis?

Is prolia best for osteoporosis?

Maybe: Prolia represents a new category of osteoporosis treatment that is effective and has convenient twice yearly dosing. It appears much more effective than the bisphosphonates and rivals Forteo with much more convenience. It is expensive if not covered by your insurance. Whether it is best for you or not depends on many factors which would require more information about a specific patient. ...Read more

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Is Pilates good for osteoporosis?

Yes, it can be: Weight bearing exercise helps bone building by causing remodeling of bone and by stimulating the bone building cells to lay down new bone.

To the extent that pilates is weight bearing, it will help maintain bone health. ...Read more

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Can vagifem help with osteoporosis?

Can vagifem help with osteoporosis?

Yes: It is well known that estrogen replacement therapy is very effective at minimizing calcium loss from the bones after menopause. Vagifem is one of the ert formulations commercially available. ...Read more

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Does anastrozole cause osteoporosis?

Yes: Yes drugs that block the effects of estrogen can lead to bone loss and anastrosole is one of those medications. ...Read more

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How do you treat backbone osteoporosis?

Depends: Hi. Two categorical mechanisms: 1) anti-resorptive therapy, and 2) anabolic therapy. Most drugs are anti-resorptive: gonadal steroids (you haven't stated your gender...so, either estrogen or testosterone), all the bisphosphonates, denosumab, and others. The only anabolic drug is teriparatide, a favorite of mine assuming no contraindications. An ol' buddy, Mike Lewiecki, MD, runs a great program ...Read more

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Is severe osteoporosis life threatening?

Yes: Osteoporosis put you at risk for hip and spine fractures which can be debilitating and possibly life threatening. Fortunately we have many medications that can successfully treat this. Make sure your house is well lit, minimize loose rugs or clutters to decrease chance of falling. Healthy diet, weight bearing exercises, take the med. ...Read more

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Does severe osteoporosis affect the heels?

Yes it could: Some patient with osteoporosis could have fracture in the calcanous bone because of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis effect all bones some more than others. ...Read more

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How does immobilization cause osteoporosis?

Immobilization: Hi. Both weight-bearing and muscle use are good for bone health. You're not weigh-bearing OR using muscles if you're immobilized. Skeletal mass and strength suffer. It appears that the cells that eat away bone (osteoclasts) are relatively more active than the cells that fill the eaten-out bone back in (osteoblasts), so there's a net loss of bone mass and bone architecture & urinary loss of calcium ...Read more

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What is osteopoikilosis (not osteoporosis)?

Osteopoikilosis: Osteopoikilosis is a benign, autosomal dominant sclerosing dysplasia of bone characterized by the presence of numerous bone islands in the skeleton.
Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.

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