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Are there side effects with medications used to treat osteoporosis if they are injected instead of taken orally? Do you avoid stomach upset, etc.?

Are there side effects with medications used to treat osteoporosis if they are injected instead of taken orally? Do you avoid stomach upset, etc.?

Injectables are: less difficult on the stomach, and they also do not depend on gut absorption. so for many women the injectable bisphosphonate drugs like pamidronate for osteoporosis (amongst other things) are useful. the downside is that injectable drugs can seriously lover your blood calcium levels. The doc prescribing the medication knows this and you should have that monitored. ...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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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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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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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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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 ?

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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