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Currently, there are three biphosphonates - alendronate [Fosamax], etidronate [Didronal]) and risedronate [Actonel], that have been approved by the FDA for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. These medications have been shown to increase bone mass, prevent bone loss, and to decrease the incidence of bone fractures. Fosamax and Actonal have the advantage of a once-a-week administration, as opposed to the alternative of daily administration.
what kind of vasculitis do you have? I read alot about vasculitis because this is what my symptoms point to but still have no diagnosis of anything. Have you gone to the vasculitis foundation website? There is great info on there. I think you will find it helpful. It will provide you with alot of other links as well. In reading about the cytoxan this is usually the first level of treatment for an extreme case along with prednisone.
The endocrinolgist says my bone loss is so severe I could have a bone fracture at any time for any reason. I don't know which came first,the bone loss or the osteoperosis. I also have osteoarthritis and degenerative arthritis plus arthritis has set in on some ruptured disks I have. My question is has anyone been given zoledronic acid or bisphosponate therapy, which is similar. It is a once a year infusion. Does it help with pain?
The goal of osteoporosis treatment is the prevention of bone fractures by stopping bone loss and by increasing bone density and strength. Although early detection and timely treatment of osteoporosis can substantially decrease the risk of future fracture, none of the available treatments for osteoporosis are complete cures. Therefore, prevention of osteoporosis is as important as treatment.
Is it ok to take these 2 together? Also, tomorrow morning is my first dose of Actonel for Bone Loss......Can I take all of these meds? Is it safe? I also take a daily regimen of Vitamins, which include Vit. D, Calcium, 1 daily womens vitamin, fish oil, b12, biotin and feosol which is an iron supplement. Maybe I should start taking all these vitamins in the evening...Can someone please help me figure out what to do?
Not just because of the possibility of loss of bone density, but because of our overall condition during treatment. I do not include filling cavities or teeth cleaning in this category. I had my teeth cleaned every three months on treatment along with some minor dental work.
Hello, Alendronate causes reduction in bone loss, increases bone density and reduces the risk of spine, hip and other broken bones to a large extent in most of the people taking this drug. The few side effects of this medicine are nausea, heartburn; osteonecrosis of jaw bone .There have also been few reports of unusual fractures of the thigh bone in people taking bisphosphonate medicines. You definitely need to inform your doctor about this pain and get the cause detected. I hope it helps.
Hi I have a 55 years old mother and she has Osteoporosis. she is taking Calcium tablets daily. and doctor prescribed Evista for her. she strated taking Evista but this medicine had some serious side affects on her; specially she felt some kind of pressure and pain in her jaw and teeth. so after she stopped taking them; the problems disappeared. but now the question is what other drugs can she take without affecting her jaw & teeth?
swings of hashis the elevated thyroid hormones could very well have accelerated the bone loss. Some bone loss is natural as we age. We all cannot maintain the bone density of a medium framed 25 yr old (what they base the test scores on) I just received the results of a recent Dexascan. My hip density actually improved but my lumbar L1-L4 had some minimal loss - go figure! I was happy to see some improvement but also bummed about the lumbar. Drat!
It was a situation where my bone scan was debatable I think - one doc said bone loss, my new GP said Im simply smaller framed than the templates they use to measure..now I only take calcium D and workout a little harder...and my ENT tended to agree with that route, at least until my next scan. Also, ENT recommended that I sleep a bit upright on the pillow with head tilted - guess that helps too with reflux overnight.
, my apologies for the double post) She has a history of cartilage loss in an ankle (due to an injury sustained while in her thirties) for which she has been given medications including cynabisk (phonetically spelled, my apologies, I will attempt to get a complete list) which was discontinuedabout a year and a half ago. Currently she is taking Actonel (Risedronate) for which I have found some information suggesting it may be related (rhinitus, sinusitis): 1. quoted from: http://www.merck.
I would not take Fosamax unless you have severe osteoporosis and there is no other way to impede bone loss. These drugs do not build bone but rather interrupt the natural bone rebuilding process (osteoclasts & osteoblasts) These drugs add a sheath or layer of hardening substance to the bone that impedes "loss" of bone density. However, in the process, it stops the bones ability to absorb calcium. There are new studies that show the risks of bisphosphonate drugs.
How will will this affect my bone health and what else can I do to prevent further bone loss without aggravating the Gastro. problem. Also I am very achy in various areas of my body. Can this be from the Osteoporosis? Thank you.
She has a history of cartilage loss in an ankle (due to an injury sustained while in her thirties) for which she has been given medications including cynabisk (phonetically spelled, my apologies, I will attempt to get a complete list) which was discontinuedabout a year and a half ago. Currently she is taking Actonel (Risedronate) for which I have found some information suggesting it may be related (rhinitus, sinusitis): 1. quoted from: http://www.merck.com/mmpe/lexicomp/risedronate.
As you have implied, however, aromatase inhibitors can have side effects such as joint aches and pains as well as bone density loss. It should be noted that the anti-osteoporosis drug Evista is chemically similar to tamoxifen and it is not recommended that either tamoxifen or Evista be used in combination with an aromatase inhibitor as they may interfere with its activity. This is not true for bisphosphonates such as Actonel, which appear to be safe in this setting.
I have now been taking Arimadex for 5 years and Actonel for 18 months for bone loss. In the last month I have noticed that my hair is thinning. Previously I had very thick hair. I always lose some hair when I wash it and haven't noticed much increase. Its just that the hair is very fine and soft now where as it always was much coarser. Could you advise me please on whether you think this may be due to the drugs I am taking or could it be a delayed chemotherapy reaction? Many thanks.
I am going to try eating yogurt like you mentioned. I hope to be able to get some reverse of bone loss, too. Thanks for your input, that helped me a lot.
They did a bone density check using a small heal machine which showed I was at risk for bone loss problems. I followed up with my HMO primary doctor who said no way I should have any bone or heart problems based on my personal, family, and medical history, as well as my current physical condition (I'm lean and muscular with no real limitations to speak of). So I get a full CBC and a DEXA screening....guess what? Yep, bad news. The CDC showed too much TSH at at 6.5 and 6.
Extreme bilateral calf pain, fever, decreased appetite, weight loss of 37 lbs in 2 months, sleeping +++, weakness, decreased BP, abdominal bloating, constipation, sweats especially at night (change sheets daily due to excessive perspiration) or with/without exertion during day, restless legs, use of oxygen makes him feel worse ++, more tired. Lt side neck edema while on IV fluids. Wheezy respirations, SOB on slight exertion. Short term memory loss, alterations in mood.
Additionally there is also a nasal spray with the brand name of Miacalcin Nasal Spray that can be prescribed for bone loss of the spine. There may be others but this is the only one that I am familar with. So there are some options. The epidural you refer to I assume is an ESI. They are a steroidal injection into the effected area of the spine. The theory is that the steroids will reduce inflammation and swelling thus reducing the pain.
[13] MK4 has also been shown to prevent bone loss and/or fractures caused by corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, dexamethasone, prednisolone),[14][15][16][17] anorexia nervosa,[18] cirrhosis of the liver,[19] postmenopausal osteoporosis,[20][21][22][23][24][25] disuse from stroke,[26] Alzheimer’s disease,[27] Parkinson disease,[28] primary biliary cirrhosis[29] and leuprolide treatment (for prostate cancer).
I have osteoporosis and have been on Actonel for 18 months. It has done wonders and reversed all of my bone loss, some greatly and some moderately, but all areas have improved. There are so many contributing factors to it that there is no telling what caused it in either of us. Genetic predisposition did not help in my case. What are the docs doing to treat yours?
It is supposed to be a little easier on the body than Tamoxifen, but it has a bigger increase in bone loss...I think that's what I read. I will get the doc's answer this Tuesday and report back so that you can know what he said. I'm also asking about Vit D, aspirin, Zometa, and soy. I'll share the answers with you on those, too. Take care!
which has fallen out of favor as it usually does not work very well and has the risk of over-treatment which can cause heart rhythm problems and bone loss. Some experts argue that all nodules >4cm (40mm) should be removed as FNA biopsy may not be as acurate in this setting.
They both caused severe flu-like symptoms and severe bone pain (dilaudid barely touched it). After a year I gave up on them (just couldn't take it anymore). Those were both oral medications, so I have no idea about the IV medications. I didn't think they worked any better that the oral (but I may be wrong). Low vitamin D is common with MS. If your Vitamin D is low, you will have difficulty absorbing calcium, no matter how much extra you take.
You are correct in saying that 4 yrs of Arimidex has exacerbated the bone density loss due to 30+ years of prednisone. I stopped Arimidex 4 weeks ago because of severe left hip and foot pain .......miraculously now gone. I just didn't connect the dots and thought the pain was due to osteo arthritis, which was dx by a bone scan 2 yrs ago.
I have done exceedingly well on mtx , although it can be very toxic to the liver and bone marrow. At the start, I had to have blood tests each week for about 3 months I think, then every 2 weeks, and now monthly. I used to have severe rectal haemorrhages that put me in the ER many times, but since taking mtx I haven't had a single bleed. I am doing so well on it - but have had to change from oral tablets to self injected, as my diarrhea came back.
I am very stiff and weak from inactivity due to pain and very sorry I didn't do something about it sooner. Get the MRI first then go from there. Did they at least get Xrays? Have you had a bone density test lately to check on your osteopenia etc? Have you tried Cymbalta for the Fibro? It is now approved for low back pain too and of course depression. I do worry about the side effects of all these druugs and withdrawal. but sometimes it is needed.
I can appreciate your dilemma and the conflicting opinions of the doctors. I would consider that the doctor has said it is most likely Hashis (would be really wise to have this finally confirmed with a simple blood test) Since it may be hashis & you have already done your homework, you probably know it is an autoimmune condition that attacks your thyroid. With a TSH of 7.
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