Osteoporosis: Don’t Panic

Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue leading to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures of the hip, spine and wrist. Men as well as women suffer from osteoporosis, a disease that can he prevented and treated.

Are you developing Osteoporosis DON’T PANIC!!!!

There are lots of new treatments available to help your bones absorb nutrients.

According to ‘ARTICULATE’, the Newsletter of the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, Winter 2001, “new treatments for osteoporosis have been shown to reduce the risk of fractures by 50%.

This is great news as “osteoporosis will affect 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men in their lifetime.”

Fosamax® is now available as a convenient once a week preparation.

Tibolene (or Livial)® is an economic oestrogen-like synthetic molecule for post menopausal women, able to prevent osteoporitic fractures. It has been proven to prevent bone loss, and is reported to have fewer side effects than HRT. (It’s available now for about $A34.00/month on a private script).

Want to find out more? Look at: http://www.boneandjointdecade.org/

Institute of Bone and Joint Research, PO box 415, St. Leonards, NSW, 2065, Australia

Feeling Past Your Use-By Date…?

Already have osteoporosis that other drugs haven’t helped?
Find it hard to stomach Rocaltrol®, Didrocal®, etc.?

Try Aredia® For those who already have bones many many years older than their age, and stomach irritation that precludes them taking other drugs, there are Aredia infusions.

Aredia is a biphosphonate, made of disodium pamidronate, or APD. It works to prevent bone fractures, and prevent the resorbing cells (osteoclasts), from attaching themselves to your bones and dissolving them. It is like “super glue” for your bones, and can work to reduce bone pain and fractures. Infusions can be arranged in major hospitals with ‘Ambulatory Care’ facilities, under an endocrinologist’s auspices.

Frequency and dosage depend on the individual and requirement. Usual doses occur three-monthly for life. Yearly bone scans, and at least quarterly serum calcium testing must be done to check for effect, and side effects. It just takes a few hours each three months, for the infusion drip to feed in. Side effects are manageable. And it really does help with bone pain - and the best thing is you don’t have to swallow it!

NOTE: This information is correct for practices within Australia only. As with any drug therapy, always check with your doctor(s) and pharmacist about its suitability for you.