Re: Ostopenia medications , myths & facts
You are wise to question use of Fosamax or Actonel for osteopenia. There are serious side effects possible (Google to learn more). Remember, these drugs remain in the body for a long, long time (years) after you stop taking them. They do not help all areas.
I took Actonel for short period of time and three days after the last pill my body "crashed" in many ways. Ended up with ligament damage in feet and in sitting bone area. Ligament damage has continued for 6 years with no sign of let up. Actonel caused bone spurs in both shoulders requiring surgeries. I am 5 months post surgery on the last shoulder. I know of a lady who now has bone spurs in her mouth as a result of taking one of these drugs. (My internist looked up Actonel in a huge medical book and it verified that ligament damage was one of the many side effects.)
It is my understanding that physicians are now limiting how long patients take these meds due to side effects that have now come to light. Remember, drugs are given to patients before they know the full extent of side effects and damage.
Please check into other treatments. Do you know what your Vitamin D level is? If not, get tested. Normal is 50-70 range. Many doctors think 30 is sufficient, it is not. It is hard to get vitamin D level back up since the body uses vitamin D daily and the storage tank needs to be refueled for optimum health. Vitamin D3 is recommended, however, too little will not raise the level or too much may cause other problems. Vitamin D3 treatment needs to be monitored by your doctor.
Calcium as well as Vitamin D3 will go a long ways in helping Osteopenia.
I have been on Vitamin D3 about a year (level was 26, up to 30, not sure what it is now). My thigh bone/muscles do not ache/pain me like they did in the past, in fact my whole body has less pain. My new internist told me 50-70 range was preferable for Vitamin D level. My previous internist was happy with 30. I do not know what my level is at present time, need to check next doctor visit. I am aiming for the 50-70 range.
Please do a lot of research to learn as much as possible about the above medications.
Last edited by Misty800; 01-22-2012 at 02:08 PM.