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Osteoporosis Drugs Side Effects
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
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
Upset stomach.: The most common side effect of anti-osteoporosis drugs is an upset stomach from bisphosphonate (fosamax, actonel, 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
Mostly heartburn: Alendronate is generally well tolerated. Reflux is the most common side effect. It can also cause bone pain, esophageal ulcers or narrowing. The generic alendronate may have more GI side effects because it is not coated. This concern has not been answered adequately enough in large studies. It is very important to discuss these issues with your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have hip osteoporosis Tscore of -2.8, FRAX of 2.2, started (Bon Viva) with very unpleasant side effects. Any other drugs with less side effects ?
Which drug would you choose for osteoporosis of hip prolia or reclast what is better tolerated less side effects?
Depends: Both drugs are effective in the treatment of osteoporosis involving the hip. Prolia is likely to work better than reclast, though there are no head to head studies comparing the two. Prolia is typically used in people who have had a previous fracture (spine, wrist), or have very severe osteoporosis. Both are well tolerated with few side effects. Prolia is given twice yearly, Reclast once yearly. ...Read more
Not much: That is statistically different from placebo, though everything under the sun has been reported it is hard to link it to the drug. The one side effect that is different by about2% is infection, do I would not give it to a compromised person or one who had an acting infection. The debate ove osteonecrosis of the jaw continues on. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are the side effects of the osteoporosis medication and lessened day-to-day quality of life sometimes worse than the medical condition itself?
Choices: There are many medications and classes for osteoporosis. If you don't like one of them, talk to your doctor about the other choices. there should be one that won't give you bad side effects. If you have osteoporosis, you need to be treated. A hip fracture can permanently affect your quality of life and could even kill you. Have a conversation with your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uncommon: Side effects from osteoporosis drugs are generally not common. Symptoms of flu may occur in about 40% of patients who receive their first intravenous infusion of Reclast heartburn occurs in 5-10% of patients taking bisphosphonate pills. Estrogen may cause wight gain, breast tenderness and blood clots. ...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
See below: All meds may have potential side effects. Fosamax most common side effects such are abdominal pain, muscle or joint pain, fli-like illness, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting. Very rare of all similar type drugs are fractures of the femur and a rare condition called avascular necrosis of the jaw, which is dead bone in the jaw after significant jaw/dental surgery. ...Read more
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