Re: Who is IV infusions of bisphosphonates?
Thanks for responding, taape. I feel as if my decision to take Reclast was kind of cold-blooded: after reading everything I could find online (there's a complete description of the research behind it) I figured that the worst thing that could happen would be if I developed atrial fibrillation, and that scared me less than having a broken back or hip, which I am at great risk of doing due to advanced osteoporosis. My husband has had severe heart arrhythmias since 1991 so what-all they can do for arrhythmias is not unfamiliar territory to me. In their bag of tricks they have medications, pacemaker, defibrillator, CRT, ablations and other surgical procedures, etc.. I put independent functioning right at the top of my list of priorities, and I figured that, in the worst-case scenario, with a pacemaker or whatever I could still make it to the grocery store, pharmacy, post office, doctor's appointment, but with a broken back, it's not so certain that I could even get out of my apartment. At the same time I feel astonished that I so easy accepted a drug that has been approved for clinical use only since 2000 since my husband is a quite conservative pharmacologist who always hovers and says, "Don't take that yet---we don't have much longitudinal data" (one example is hormone replacement therapy, about which he turned out to be right on the money). But at 74 I am beginning to get the point that we older folks can't avoid ALL trouble but maybe sometimes we can choose our trouble. At least, I hope things work that way.....We do what we can to inform ourselves and make the smart decision, but, at some point, accepting any treatment becomes an exercise in trust.