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Doctor insights on: Forteo Bisphosphonate

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Are osteporosis drugs bisphosphonates?

Are osteporosis drugs bisphosphonates?

Not always: Bisphosphonates are one class of medications that can used to treat osteoporosis. But there other medication including hormones that can be used. ...Read more

Bisphosphonate (Definition)

Bisphosphonate are a class of drugs that prevent the loss of bone mass. They are used to treat osteoporosis and related bone metabolic diseases such as paget's disiease. The more used ones are:actonel, fosamax, dridronel, reclast, (zoledronic acid) Boniva and zometa. They can be taken either daily, once a week, once a month and in persons having problem taking it orally ther is an ...Read more


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What are bisphosphonates mostly used to treat?

Osteopenia: Used to replenish bone in people diagnosed with osteopenia, which leads to fragility fractures. ...Read more

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What are doctors' opinions on forteo injections?

What are doctors' opinions on forteo injections?

Best bone drug: Forteo is the ONLY anabolic bone drug - directly causes new bone formation. The patient must be assessed to make sure he/she is a candidate for Forteo (certain patients shouldn't be treated with Forteo). But if the patient has no contraindications, it's the best, most potent drug for osteoporosis out there. Get enough calcium & vitamin D. Don't check blood calcium within 4 hours of taking Forteo. ...Read more

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What are bisphosphonates side effects?

What are bisphosphonates side effects?

Heartburn and: Irritation of the tube that connects the throat to the stomach (esophagus), if you are taking bisphosphonate pills. These side effects can usually be avoided by following instructions for taking your medicine.Headache; constipation, diarrhea, and passing gas; and muscle and joint pain, if you are taking intravenous (IV) bisphosphonate shots. There are more serious side effect but very common. ...Read more

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Has anybody tried bisphosphonates to treat osteoporosis?

Has anybody tried bisphosphonates to treat osteoporosis?

Not the best: Bisphosphonates can reduce fracture and raise you DEXA scan scores but they donot build bone. If you are osteoporotic and have already had a fracture, consider Forteo to build bone first. ...Read more

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Are there any good alternatives to bisphosphonates for osteoporosis?

Are there any good alternatives to bisphosphonates for osteoporosis?

Yes: Prolia is a highly effective drug for osteoporosis. Evista (raloxifene) (for women) is less potent but reasonably effective. Forteo is the only drug which stiumulates new bone formation but is expensive and has to be self-injected every day. Estrogen (for women) is effective but not generally used in the absence of postmenopausal symptoms. ...Read more

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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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I have had my doctors prescribe forteo. There have been 28, 000 falls reported. Should I do it?

I have had my doctors prescribe forteo. There have been 28, 000 falls reported. Should I do it?

Yes if indicated: Forteo is usually prescribed to prevent spontaneous fracture from severe osteoporosis. You have either failed other treatments or were found to be so osteopoorotic you are at risk of breaking bones without falling. The benefit far outweighs the risk. Keep in minf if everyone who is prescribed Forteo is at risk for falling isn't it more likey the falls are related to the risk and not the injection. ...Read more

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Have long span final fusion with loosening hardware, told I have osteoporosis, dr. Wants me to go on forteo before he tries to do corrective sx, safe?

Safe and effective: Hi. I agree with your doc. As long as you have no contraindications to its use, Forteo is the best osteoporosis drug available. I ALWAYS do an initial evaluation to make sure that Forteo is OK to use. ...Read more

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What are forteo injections?

What are forteo injections?

Osteoporosis drug: Forteo is a medication which is used for men and women with osteoporosis who are or may be at risk for fragility fractures. This drug is injected and can lead to increased bone mass and strength. To determine if you would be a candidate for these injections, I would recommend initial consultation with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use forteo now?

Is it safe to use forteo now?

Yes but only if. .: All supplements, herbs & medications have side effects. No such thing as a free lunch. Therefore, only use a medication if potential benefit (s) outweigh risks & side effects. Forteo (teriparatide) is used to increase bone strength in severe osteoporosis. It's given as a daily shot for up to 2yrs. After that, we worry about osteosarcoma in rats. But if you're not a rat, it appears to be safe 4 now. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bisphosphonate?

What is the definition or description of: bisphosphonate?

To treat osteoporosi: Bisphosphonate are a class of drugs that prevent the loss of bone mass. They are used to treat osteoporosis and related bone metabolic diseases such as paget's disiease. The more used ones are:actonel, fosamax, dridronel, reclast, (zoledronic acid) Boniva and zometa. They can be taken either daily, once a week, once a month and in persons having problem taking it orally ther is an inyectable form as well. ...Read more

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Which bisphosphonate has the best efficacy & safety profile?

Which bisphosphonate has the best efficacy & safety profile?

Bisphosphonate: Bisphosphonate have been shown in studies to have an improvement in bone density in over 75 percent no direct comparison but anecdotally tv last seems to have the best record it has to be given intravenously. ...Read more

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What are the differences between oral and IV bisphosphonates?

What are the differences between oral and IV bisphosphonates?

Dosing Method: They are the same class of medications and have the same effect on the bones. The IV will cause less GI irritation the the orals. There is also a cost difference. ...Read more

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Memory problems due to taking bisphosphonates?

Memory problems due to taking bisphosphonates?

Not listed: The adverse events listed as associated with the bisphosphonates does not include memory problems. But since memory problems can be associated with aging and the bisphosphonates are typically prescribed to elderly patients, it is most like the memory problems are due to aging rather than to the bisphosphonates. If memory problems are developing then they should be evaluated by pcp. ...Read more

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Could bone be replaced by oral bisphosphonates?

Could bone be replaced by oral bisphosphonates?

Yes and no: These drugs do not build bone but they slow down the body's loss so it can catch up. Some of the pits will refill but only where there has been loss. ...Read more

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Is bisphosphonate is effective for osteoporosis?

Is bisphosphonate is effective for osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis.: For osteoporosis, it's weight bearing exercise, calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation, keep your weight down. Medications (the bisphosphonates) when necessary would include Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva (ibandronate). You'd need bone density tests every two to three years after you reach the menopause and treat more aggressively with medications dependent on the results. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if any of your physicians can tell me if Forteo is considered a biologic.?

I'm wondering if any of your physicians can tell me if Forteo is considered a biologic.?

Not exactly: The term "biologic" generally refers to humanized proteins or antibodies. Although Forteo is a synthesized hormone with biologic activity, it is not considered a "biologic". Another drug used for arthritis, Prolia, is a biologic. ...Read more

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What medical issues could preclude a patient from being a candidate to use forteo for osteoporosis?

Cost vs medical: Forteo is indicated for severe osteoporosis or for patients who failed bisphosponate therapy. However, it is contraindicated in patient with history of bone cancer, Paget disease, hypercalcemia or previous treatment with skeletal radiation. It is also very expensive. ...Read more

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Can forteo use in young adults?, doesn't it promote bone growth, then should be good for bone growth

Can forteo use in young adults?, doesn't it promote bone growth, then should be good for bone growth

Not for use in young: Forteo is FDA approved for the treatment of osteoporosis, which most typically occurs in elderly patients. Forteo has a black box warning due to the possible risk of osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer), and because of this risk it is not to be used in young patients. ...Read more

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I even taking daily injections of forteo. I'm 65, I've started to get sever hot flashes, possibly related to injectable? I'm 10 years past menopause,

I even taking daily injections of forteo. I'm 65, I've started to get sever hot flashes, possibly related to injectable? I'm 10 years past menopause,

Forteo: Probably not the cause of your symptoms. No harm will happen if you don't take Forteo for two weeks. If still in trouble don't re-start Forteo but do see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does my Forteo injection hurt & bruise bad every so often? Not always Is it concerning? If it hurts when I poke, I pull out & goelsewhere then ok

Why does my Forteo injection hurt & bruise bad every so often? Not always Is it concerning? If it hurts when I poke, I pull out & goelsewhere then ok

Injection: Make sure the site is clean prior to injection. Some bruising can be normal. Some areas may be more sensitive to injection than others. Nothing that you are mentioning sounds alarming, however. Do you have low bone density per DEXA scan? You are fairly young to need Forteo. ...Read more

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It's a moral issue. Prescribed forteo prescription written for three months. Pharmacy refused to fill as written saying they lose $" dispensed monthly raises my?

It's a moral issue. Prescribed forteo prescription written for three months. Pharmacy refused to fill as written saying they lose $" dispensed monthly raises my?

Prescription woes: Most three month supplies of medications need to be mailed in, with most health insurances. Even if the prescription is written for 3 months, the pharmacies seem to only fill for a maximum of 30 days. ...Read more

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Due 2 be done with Forteo, but my med conditions don't let me be on many cause of crisis. What would be comparable to Forteo without complications?

Due 2 be done with Forteo, but my med conditions don't let me be on many cause of crisis. What would be comparable to Forteo without complications?

Varies: There are multiple osteoporosis meds from pills, to nasal sprays, injections; they all have a variety of different side affect profiles. Usually with your primary care doctor, you would select the medication that is most likely to be tolerated by you with the most potential benefit. ...Read more