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I've been hearing about new drugs that can help treat osteoporosis some are taken weekly, monthly or even annually. Which is the best one?

I've been hearing about new drugs that can help treat osteoporosis some are taken weekly, monthly or even annually. Which is the best one?

Great concern!: This is best determined by your personal need, current medical condition and "risk". After your screening, family history and medical history review -you and your clinician may seek what works best for you. Often the 1st choice may not be suited for your individual profile. ...Read more

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

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What are ways to treat osteopenia and osteoporosis without using prescription drugs?

What are  ways to treat osteopenia and  osteoporosis without using prescription drugs?

Exercise and vit D: Weight-bearing exercises will help strengthen your bones. Calcium and vitamin d supplements also help-i recommend a blood test for vitamin d (25 hydroxy vitamin d), it should be 30 or higher. Some people need much more vitamin d than what is recommended to get their level up to 30. You can use the frax calculator to determine your fracture risk: http://www.Shef.Ac.Uk/frax/tool.Jsp?Country=9. ...Read more

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What are alternative ways to treat osteopenia (or osteoporosis) without using prescription drugs?

What are alternative ways to treat osteopenia (or osteoporosis) without using prescription drugs?

Osteoporosis: The best way to treat with over the counter medications is with vitamin d supplementation as well as with calcium. Typical diets do not contain enough of these. Also, your skin helps to convert vitamin d into the usable form for your body so be sure to get outside. ...Read more

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How do you treat backbone osteoporosis?

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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Which drugs are effective against osteoporosis?

Which drugs are effective against osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis: Some are raloxifene, bisphosphonates, teriparatide, strontium ranelate, & denosumab. Inquire about those & other meds. From your primary care doc. ...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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57 year old Asian woman with osteoporosis. Any studies that show that diet & exercise alone can maintain health, i.e., drugs aren't necessary?

57 year old Asian woman with osteoporosis. Any studies that show that diet & exercise alone can maintain health, i.e., drugs aren't necessary?

A nutritionally-: oriented doc or a natural medicine doc can help. You need to be monitored but there are natural options such as a combo product of minerals and co-factors or strontium. Please do this under professional guidance. Peace and good health. ...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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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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Can osteoporosis be treated?

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 do I treat osteoporosis?

Medications: Before treating osteoporosis a variety of tests should be done and a history should be taken to determine, if possible, the cause of the problem. A variety of medications can be used to prevent bone loss including estrogen, bisphosphonates and denosumab. For severe osteoporosis teriparatide, a drug which builds bone can be used. ...Read more

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How is osteoporosis treated?

Osteoporosis.: For osteoporosis, it's weight bearing exercise, calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation, keep your weight down. Medications 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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What medications treat osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis: The list of therapies for osteoporosis is ling. You can find the list on the web. If your doctor has ordered a bone density study and used the result to prescribe a specific medication. If you have not had a bone density test you should not take any osteoporosis drug until you have had your bone density study. ...Read more

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How can I naturally treat my osteoporosis? Are there natural ways to help treat the beginning signs of osteoporosis?

Vitamin D & Calcium: Everyone's definition of "natural" is different. For example, nothing is more natural that Premarin (conjugated estrogens) which is an estrogen extracted from pregnant mare urine. If you're looking for something that's not fda regulated, then i recommend vitamin d and calcium. ...Read more

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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