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Injectable Osteoporosis Medication
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
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
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
Shouldn't cause pain: Osteoporosis itself should not cause pain. However if you develop a compression fracture from osteoporosis for example it could be very painful. Otherwise you probably are suffering from arthritic type pain. Highly recommend anti-inflammatory medications to start off with. ...Read more
Vit D,K and others: It takes more than just vit d and calcium. Vit k in the form of mk7, magnesium and trace minerals are important. Strontium can be helpful. Oxaloacetic acid has been shown to slow bone loss. Of course hormones can slow bone loss. Wt bearing and strength exercise are important. There are options besides biphosphonates. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I need an exercise regimen and best medication my osteoporosis. I am 39 years old and not in very good shape?
Something is wrong!: At age 39 you should not have osteoporosis. You could have thyroid or parathyroid disease. Medications for osteoporosis are not without risks. The cause of the osteoporosis will dictate the best medication. The exercise regimen most beneficial for osteoporosis is tai chai. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Now I have severe osteoporosis, does that mean I have to stay on medication forever? If not, how many years, and then what do I do?
MED & EXERCISE: You need 2 stay on it until ur scores get better. The med alone is not the answer, wt bearing exercise is very important. Walking is a good wt bearing low impact exercise u can do. Star slowly & increase as tol. Find a companion who will walk with u the time flies by. If u think u can rely on the rx alone u r wrong. ...Read more
Ask your doctor: Some of this depends on your cause of osteoporosis and your doctor can assist in determinign the cause. Once the cause is determined there are a variety of therapeutic options including: vitamin d, calcium, bisphosphonates (fosomax, Boniva (ibandronate) etc), prolia, Forteo and others. ...Read more
Upset stomach: Generally osteoporosis medicines are well tolerated. The most commonly used are bisphosphonates taken by mouth. They most commonly cause heartburn. Intravenous bisphosphonates cause fever and muscle aches for 1-2 days in 30-40% of patients. Very rarely bisphosphonates are associated with jaw problems and fractures of the mid thigh bone. Teriparatide may cause nausea and muscle cramps. ...Read more
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