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Usefulness of Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis Treatment

Usefulness of Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis Treatment


Osteoporosis is a disease causing the thinning and weakening of bones. Since the bones are thin, they are more prone to breakings, damages, cracks and so on. It is a common disease in women, after their menstrual cycles stop, i.e. menopause. It’s not a disease characterized wholly by age. It is most common in aged people and mid-aged women, but can also occur to men in their mid-ages, to young people in teenage or some years plus and even sometimes in children less than 12 years of age.

One of the suggested ways for curing Osteoporosis is the use of Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis treatment. By consuming bisphosphonates Osteoporosis can be cured. Their action on the bones is specific. Being different from hormones, bisphosphonates do not imply the risks (and benefits) of estrogen, which may act elsewhere in the body apart from bones. The role of Bisphosphonates in Osteoporosis treatment is that they work to reduce the activity of the cells that are responsible for bone loss.

Bisphosphonates include the following 

  • Alendronate: Along with its generic equivalent Fosamax, alendronate is a common bisphosphonate prescribed to the Osteoporosis patients. It has been in use since 10 years and its safety is proved by experiences. Steps to take Alendronate:
  • Risedronate: Also known as Actonel. Similar to Alendronate, Risedronate is also taken on daily or weekly basis, and in the same quantities (the lower limits). The steps to follow daily and weekly Risendronate medication/dosage are exactly similar to those in case of Alendronate.
  • Etidronate: Also known as Didronel or Didrocal. 400mg of Etidronal is supposed to be taken once a day on fasting with a full plain water glass. This cycle goes on for 14 days consecutively. Then it is stopped for 76 days. Again, after the completion of 76 day period is over, the 14 day cycle begins. Thus, in every 3 months (90 days), the drug is taken only for the first 2 weeks. Different from the methods of taking the other two drugs, the steps for consuming Etidronate are as follows: The bisphosphonate drugs are equally alike and different. But all of them show more or less same effect and all reduce chances of fracture of weak bones.

Thus, giving yourself bisphosphonates during Osteoporosis treatment in the prescribed amounts and ways is like giving yourself a treat for the future years of your life – an Osteoporosis free period.

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