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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any medications for Osteoporosis?

Short Answer

Yes. We carry Alendronate, Risedronate, Raloxifene, and others.

Long Answer

Osteoporosis is the process of loosing bone density as we grow older. This loss of bone density results in fractures occurring more easily.

Certain conditions or situations increase the chances of a person developing osteoporosis. For example if you have smaller bones, or do not exercise, if you smoke, if you have a low calcium diet or do not supplement calcium, if you are vitamin D deficient, high caffeine or alcohol intake, long term use of prednisone or some anticonvulsants and for women menopause before the age of 45.

Some medications related to Osteoporosis are:

Alendronate and Risedronate are known pharmacologically as biphosphonates. These oral bisphosphonates are quite poorly absorbed when taken by mouth so must be taken on an empty stomach followed by nothing to eat or drink for 30 minutes. Common trade names for these medications are Fosamax, Osteofos and Actonel or Risofos.

Conjugated Estrogens are used to help prevent bone loss and the most common trade name is Premarin.

Raloxifene, also known as Evista and Ralista and is categorized pharmacologically as a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator or SERM. SERM stimulate estrogen receptors resulting in stronger bones and less fractures.

Additional Information

Public Health Agency of Canada: Osteoporosis Info-sheet for seniors
Bone is a living tissue, constantly renewed through a natural process in which new bone replaces old bone. As we age, the process becomes less efficient and we begin to gradually lose bone. In someone with osteoporosis, bone loss occurs more rapidly, causing the bones to become very thin and weak over time. When bones become severely weakened by osteoporosis, simple movements – such as bending over to pick up a heavy bag of groceries or sneezing forcefully – can lead to fracture. Wrist, spine and hip fractures are the most common fractures associated with osteoporosis.
MedicineNet.com: What are the consequences of osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis bone fractures are responsible for considerable pain, decreased quality of life, lost workdays, and disability. Up to 30% of patients suffering a hip fracture will require long term nursing home care. Elderly patients can further develop pneumonia and blood clots in the leg veins that can travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism) due to prolonged bed rest after a hip fracture. Some 20% of women with a hip fracture will die in the subsequent year as an indirect result of the fracture. In addition, once a person has experienced a spine fracture due to osteoporosis, he or she is at very high risk of suffering another such fracture in the near future (next few years). About 20% of postmenopausal women who experience a vertebral fracture will suffer a new vertebral fracture of bone in the following year.
Breastcancer.org: SERMs (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators)
SERMs, or selective estrogen-receptor modulators, block the action of estrogen in the breast and certain other tissues by occupying estrogen receptors inside cells. With a SERM sitting in the estrogen receptor, there is no place for the real estrogen to "sit down" — like a game of musical chairs. The SERM blocks the more powerful estrogen signals from getting into the estrogen receptor and telling the cell to grow and spread. SERMs do not affect all estrogen receptors in the same way, because, as the name states, they are "selective".
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