Actonel Boniva Fosamax won't build new bone
Biphosphonate drugs, like Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva work by killing off osteoclasts which are supposed to resorb old, infirm bone. So when you take these medications, your bones may stay denser, but they will be composed of a higher amount of old, poor quality bone cells. The bone structure is made up of both of collagen and calcium, which means they will be more brittle and weak. You must have balanced bone resorption and creation. These drugs create an unbalanced environment which can't create strong healthy bones.
In fact, there are also other prescription drugs that block the absorption of calcium into bones. Prednisone does this. It is commonly used to treat autoimmune, asthma, and inflammatory diseases.
Research any drug your doctor recommends online first to read about what its side effects are.
There are two elements that control the bones. NTx and BAP. NTx controls resorption or breakdown and BAP controls reformation or rebuilding of bone.
As you see, just taking any old calcium supplement is not the answer. It takes calcium, Vitamin D3 and magnesium to rebuild bones.
Last edited by virginiann; 05-23-2008 at 12:08 AM.