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Osteoporosis: what can induce dramatic urinary calcium loss?

Osteoporosis: what can induce dramatic urinary calcium loss?

Several things: Hi. Is your blood calcium low, normal, or high? Has your doc checked your PTH? High urinary calcium is a risk for kidney stones. If your blood calcium is high and your PTH is high and your urine calcium is high, you have primary hyperparathyroidism. If you have high blood calcium, high urinary calcium, and suppressed calcium, other (maybe bad) stuff is going on. Not enough space; other possibility ...Read more

Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

Currently it is better to think of osteoporosis as a condition where the bone is weakened, and 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 ...Read more


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How is steroid-induced osteoporosis (siop) treated?

How is steroid-induced osteoporosis (siop) treated?

Several medications.: Steroid-induced osteoporosis can be prevented if a bisphosphonate drug or Forteo is taken during the time of steroid use. If osteoporosis is already present the same drugs would be helpful in preventing further loss but a return to normal bone density would be unlikely. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking anti-osteoporosis drugs?

What are the side effects of taking anti-osteoporosis drugs?

Upset stomach.: The most common side effect of anti-osteoporosis drugs is an upset stomach from bisphosphonate (fosamax, actonel, (risedronate) boniva) drugs taken by mouth. This occurs in 5-10% of patients. Bisphosphonate drugs given intravenously may produce fever and muscle aches for 1-2 days in about 40% of patients. Jaw problems and unusual fractures of the thigh bone rarely occur with long-term use of bisphosphonates. ...Read more

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My mom is 61 years. What drugs should be used for osteoporosis ?

My mom is 61 years. What drugs  should be used for osteoporosis ?

There are an: Array of bisphophonates on the market and her doc would probably pick the most convenient one her insurance would pay for, she would also need a calcium supplement twice a day with food. ...Read more

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Is there something I could do naturally to prevent osteoporosis, without drugs?

There are several: A diet rich in calcium (dairy, dark green vegetables, fortified foods) and vitamin d (fish, eggs, liver, fortified foods) can help. A little sun exposure stimulates your skin to make vitamin d. Avoid or limit smoking, alcohol, and sodas. Muscle building exercises stimulate bones to take in more calcium. Many prescription meds can cause bone loss; talk to your doctor about these. ...Read more

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Is forteo drug for osteoporosis (injection pen) covered by medicaid? Any answer appreciated.

Is forteo drug for osteoporosis (injection pen) covered by medicaid? Any answer appreciated.

Yes: most state Medicaid plans pay for Forteo with pre authorization If you have definite osteoporosis or compression fractures or other types of fractures you will be able to receive it ...Read more

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Which drugs are effective against osteoporosis?

Bisphosphonates : Bisphosphonates like alendronate (fosamax) and risedronate (actonel) are often used as first line drugs in post menopausal and senile osteoporosis. They have excellent effectiveness in reducing the risk of spine and hip fractures. They are available as an oral medication taken once a week. There is also an intravenous bisphosphonate, zolendronic acid (reclast), that is given once a year. ...Read more

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Do the drugs you take for osteoporosis once a month have less side effects than the daily or weekly pills?

Do the drugs you take for osteoporosis once a month have less side effects than the daily or weekly pills?

Not necessarily: Oral medication for osteoporosis (bisphosphonates) all have similar side effect profile. Of course, if you take a medicine only once a month vs. once weekly, the frequency or occurrence of side effects will be less. When taking bisphosphonate, important to take with water, stay upright or active afterwards and not lay down, to minimize most common side effect of reflux symptoms ...Read more

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