This 8 page guide includes information on osteoporosis prevention and treatment.
Find out about the pros and cons of Actonel, Boniva, Evista, Forteo, Fortical, Fosamax, Menostar, Miacalcin and Reclast for strengthening bones.
Drugs that may contribute to bone loss are listed and discussed.
Very useful, good information, and as others have written, it would be great to update with information on newer drugs.
Great information. Wish there could be an update since 2009. Would love to know what’s new for osteoporosis. Diet guide?
After reading, I felt there was no obvious solution in the article, given the side effects for each medication I’m grateful that People’s Pharmacy took the time to put all of this research in one place. I was hoping to read information on Peptide Bone Collagen supplements. Thanks for all you do to keep us informed.
As with the other reviews, the information needs to be updated to include the latest research and longer-term studies showing effectiveness- or not- and “newer” products such as Prolia (my mother is on her 7th year of injections).
I noticed the publishing date was 2009. Is the information still up-to-date, particularly regarding the side effects of medications?
The People’s Pharmacy is wonderful. We are lucky to have Joe and Terry. This guide is useful to compare options for a lay person to understand. Thank you.
This was helpful for the basics, but it is out of date. For instance, the newer drugs are not included. And it would be good to know if there have been changes in side effects for bisphosphonates since this was initially published. I expected to see the latest info when I requested this booklet.
Informative, thoughtful, just like your broadcast. I am lucky to have you as a resource. Thank you
A good starter for a complicated disease. Bisphosphonates may help, but with serious side effects for a few. Diet and supplements are helpful.
This guide seems like it is due for an update. There are newer medications on the market that aren’t mentioned. I believe you also interviewed someone who has studied how certain yoga poses can help with this condition, and yet that isn’t included in the guide.
Rating: 3 stars
I’ve done a lot of research on Osteoporosis treatment so there was nothing new in this pdf, but it is nicely organized. Here are my criticisms and why I won’t be sharing this with anybody who is at risk.
1. I question the overall bias in this guide that drugs are the way to go. It seems that you are bending over backwards to not offend the drug industry. Suggesting that Bisphosphonates “may be a good fit” at this point is dangerous advice. You know what they are seeing. I predict that someday soon, they’ll be off the market. They are proving to be counter-productive, damaging to bones.
2. No mention of the dangers of Calcium in the bloodstream with heart attacks. People should be warned about that. I understand that blood calcium levels are tied to mortality. Be careful with Calcium. There is one helpful observation in this pdf that people who get a lot of sun but no calcium have far less osteo than those who get a lot of calcium but no sun. But that is a sidebar, not the takeaway you give.
3) No mention of K2, which is now well-known to be important for managing bones and getting mineral (calcium-magnesium etc.) into the bones.
4) Magnesium is mentioned, lightly. Needs to be stressed.