I'm 54 yrs. old and have osteoporosis. I broke my right arm last winter and 2 weeks ago I broke my left arm (wrist). I am taking calcium supplements from the health food store to increase bone density and matrix and have been prescribed Evista. I haven't taken Evista for fear of the side effects... What are the best meds to take for post menopause?
21 Sep 2012
Hello ineset, & welcome to the site. I am sorry no one has answered your question. At your age, your doctor should order a DEXA scan which is a measurement of your bone density. It's nothing that hurts, just like an x-ray. That test would determine if you have osteopenia, or osteoporosis, & if it needs to be treated. It goes on a numbered scale that determines where you are right now. Evista helps to retain bone density, but won't rebuild bone if you already have osteoporosis. There are quite a few different drugs that are used for osteoporosis. Some are taken daily, some weekly, some once a month. Others can be injected thru IV at your doctors office. There is also one called Calcitonin (Miacaclin) that is a nasal spray. It does depend on where you are on this scale, but if you have had broken bones already, I would think they would have you on something more than Evista. Just a personal view.
Have you seen a GYN for this or just your PCP? I would be quite concerned if you have broken arms, & talk to your GYN about it & request a DEXA scan. Some of the drugs that are used are called Biophosphates like Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, Atelvia, & Reclast. Hormones, like Calcitonin, Estrogen with progesterone, Estrogen without progesterone, Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator or Evista, & Biologics, Prolia (by injection every 6 months). I also want to mention that taking calcium every day is very important, but are you also taking one with zinc, & folic acid? You also need to take Vitamen D3 along with the calcium. They support each other in keeping your bones healthy & strong. I wish you the best...
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