Posted by: Charmaine | 2009-01-16

Bone density supplement intravenously

Please could you inform me of the pros and cons of the once a year (calcium?) injection to assist with osteopenic conditions in menpause.

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Dear Charmaine
The once-yearly injection called is an excellent osteoporosis treatment and is in fact an intravenous bisphosphonate (not a calcium) which works directly on the bone-chewing cells. The pros are firstly that you only need treatment once a year and that causes patients to be much more compliant in taking their osteoporosis treatment. It also bypasses the stomach so that you do not experience the upper gastro-intestinal tract irritation that theses drugs can cause when taken orally. Bisphosphonates can cause flu-like symptoms for the first day or two, but most people experience none of these side-effects. Hope this answers your question.
One comment though- this is not recommended for patients with mild to moderate osteopenia, but for those who need active treatment to prevent osteoporotic fractures.

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