)Drug holiday advised for bisphosphonates
Patient using bisphophonates should be considered for a ‘drug holiday’ after five years to minimise the risk of femoral fractures, researchers say. A Canadian study in JAMA shows that older women using bisphosphonates for more than five years have a significant increased risk of subtrochanteric or femoral shaft fractures
What are bisphosphonates?
Bisphosphonates are a relatively new family of non-hormonal medications, which have been proven to be effective in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
These medications work only on the bone, so they do not provide relief from menopausal symptoms or any protection against heart disease. There is also no risk of breast or uterus cancer with this type of medication.
Common names for bisphosphonates:
In rare instances, some people that have been treated with bisphosphonates, especially the intravenous form, develop a rare condition called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), which can cause severe, irreversible, and often debilitating damage to the jaw. ONJ can be worsened by invasive dental procedures such as tooth extractions or dental implants. People may not have symptoms in the early stages of ONJ, but pain can gradually develop as the condition progresses.
Symptoms of ONJ include:
Currently, there is no treatment that definitely cures ONJ. however, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs may help relieve some of the pain associated with ONJ. Most people diagnosed with ONJ will also need surgical treatment.
Always tell your dentist about your intake of any medication.
Alternative Treatment for Bone Health
Diet and Lifestyle
Dietary and lifestyle guidelines may assist in the management of osteoporosis:
Bones are dynamic organs that have the same needs as the rest of your body.
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