Friday, June 29, 2007

Paradoxical Effect in Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is common among MSers. There are medications that strengthen bones and elevate calcium levels.

However, there may be a catch. A recent study found that popular osteoporosis drugs biophosphonates, may have a paradoxical effect. That is, these drugs may do the exact opposite of their intention. These drugs include Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva. I took Fosamax for awhile, but apparently it did not increase my bones' density enough to stay with it, or maybe not at all. I was concerned it may have affected my jaw, but the x-rays said that did not happen. Whew!

So now I get daily injections of Forteo. There are no studies of Forteo beyond a two-year regimen. I am about there, so I'm wondering what's next.

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1 comment:

Maggie said...

Hi Vicki
I just happened on your blog while searching for Dr Aretoula and her work with MS patients. You have such a nice and informative blog! I'm 27, also with MS and finding a blog like yours is real gem. I am currently on trials for the new oral MS drug, Fingolimod, and and having great success on it. Haven't had a relapse in over 7 months, and I used to have one every two or three months. Keep up the good work and best of luck to you. Maggie