Archive for the ‘Medications’ Category
Aunt Henrietta looked like half a raccoon with her entire left eye blackened. She dismissed her looks as not a problem saying, “I fall all the time, but I don’t break anything.” This is a change on both counts. Five years ago, falls were infrequent. Even so, she broke one wrist, then the other wrist, then her shoulder.
Two wrists, one shoulder, and half a dozen vertebral fragility fractures indicated Very Severe Osteoporosis. That was before she took the Anabolic, Forteo, for 2 years. She was the ideal patient for serious measures to stop her fractures. And it has worked!!
A patient recently reported that she experienced insomnia “complications” after starting her osteoporosis medication. She found people on the internet who had experienced the same problem after taking this medication. She even found insomnia on the manufacturer’s website listed as an “Adverse Event”.
What is an “Adverse Event”?
Estrogen alone as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is safe. Estrogen actually saves lives compared to no estrogen replacement after hysterectomy in women between 50 and 59. 13 women’s lives were saved for every 10,000 women in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study between 2002 and 2011.
Many women have avoided HRT ever since 2002 when HRT was reported to slightly increase cardiovascular deaths. Further analysis of that data showed that Progestin was the problem. Estrogen by itself protects against heart disease! NOT taking Estrogen is dangerous! Estrogen also protects against osteoporosis and fractures!
Based on advertizements and extensive research on the internet, a patient recently added Strontium Citrate to her treatment for falling Bone Mineral Density (BMD). What she read claimed that Strontium will increase BMD and prevent fractures. Furthermore, the media have talked about rare complications of FDA approved pharmaceuticals, but never about complications of Strontium Citrate – the Strontium preparation available in the USA.
At the National Osteoporosis Foundation this spring we reviewed the data on Strontium. Sarah Morgan, RD, MD, has spent several years searching for the results of studies about the effects of Strontium Citrate in humans. She shared her journey with us.