MedBytes – Osteoporosis
Taking a medicine for Osteoporosis such as Fosamax (alendronate) or another in this class?
If you have been taking one of these medicines for 3-5 years and you are at low risk for fracture, ask your doctor about the possibility of stopping the medicine.
These medicines stay in the bones for years, so 3-5 years of taking them should be enough for those with low risk of fracture.
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Who is at low risk for fracture?
- Have not had a previous fracture,
- Have bone density near normal levels.
Who probably needs to continue on these medicines?
- Are a high risk for having a fracture,
- Are on long-term medicines that cause osteoporosis (steroids, phenytoin, thyroid medicines, certain HIV medicines,and others) or other medicines that increase fracture risk (PPIs, etc),
- Have had previous fractures,
- Still have osteoporosis.
If stopping these medicines, remember to continue calcium and vitamin D daily.
Calcium from diet and supplements: 1000 mg for women up to age 50 and men up to age 70,
And 1200 mg for anyone older.
Vitamin D: 800-2000 units daily.
As always, discuss this information with your doctor. The information found on this site is not to be substituted for medical advice from your own personal physician.
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