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Osteoporosis board


WooHoo for us BC survivors (and chocoholics)!

Yes, I think that's why your Dr. wants you to take Evista. Although Evista was initially marketed as a breast cancer drug, the unexpected benefit was the decreased risk of fracture, so it was also approved for osteoporosis. I took tamoxifen for 5 years, and my Dr. said 5 years is the limit of effectiveness for tamox so I had to switch to another treatment anyway. I was going to go on an aromatase inhibitor after menopause, but it has a BIG side effect - loss of bone density. That's why I had my first DEXA scan, to determine my starting BMD before eventually going on Femara. When we learned that I have osteo, he was going to put me on an IV drip of Zometa (zoledronate) to counteract the side effect, but after doing my research I decided not to go that route. I wanted to see if I could build my density without resorting to a very expensive biphosphonate that could give me osteonecrosis of the jaw. Evista is somewhat of a compromise for me and so far I'm satisfied with it.

My husband and I take Oscal calcium, mainly because it's cheap and we're on a tight budget. Ezorb sounds great, but it's too expensive. I don't know anything about Reosto and I'm not even sure it's available in USA.