Osteoporosis: Treatment

Osteoporosis treatment has radically changed in a relatively short period. In the early 1990s, women had few treatment options. Now, there are many different types of treatments available. This has created a dilemma for women trying to decide which, if any, of these medications they need. Women want to know when it is appropriate to … Continued

Is Ipriflavone Effective in Treating Osteoporosis

I took Ipriflavone for about a year and a half in 2002, but stopped when an alternative provider recommended other treatments. Now I am 72, and a recent DEXA scan showed a much lower T-score. Is there any benefit to this drug? What has research shown? Ipriflavone is an herbal medicine made from a hormone … Continued

What You Should Know about Tymlos (Abaloparatide) for Osteoporosis

By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow There’s a new kid in town when it comes to osteoporosis drugs. Meet abaloparatide, brand name Tymlos, which was approved by the FDA on April 28, 2017. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you likely will soon, as manufacturer Radius Health is intent on marketing it until it’s … Continued

Is Prolia a Safe Treatment Option for Osteoporosis

My doctor wants to put me on Prolia, but the list of possible reactions are frightening. Do you have any suggestions on osteoporosis prevention without medication? If medication is required, are there any safe options? I exercise daily and take calcium and vitamin D supplements.   Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to … Continued

Letter to the Editor: Why Some Women are Afraid to Treat Osteoporosis

As a longtime Washington Post subscriber and women’s health advocate, I was disappointed to see “Why some women are afraid to treat osteoporosis” published on your website Tuesday. The author, in an attempt to emphasize the importance of appropriately treating osteoporosis, dismisses the very real and serious risks of bisphosphonate use. Bisphosphonates can be effective in … Continued

More Support for Osteoporosis Prevention – Not Osteoporosis Drugs

Bisphosphonate use for prevention has declined in recent years – and that’s a victory!  But we’re concerned that a  recent article in the Wall Street Journal with the misleading title “More Support for Osteoporosis Drugs: The benefits of bisphosphonates outweigh the risks for many patients” (original article here) encourages the overuse of drugs that have … Continued

FDA Meeting – Osteoporosis Drug Development

Statement of Christina Cherel, Program Coordinator, National Women’s Health Network Food and Drug Administration Meeting of the Division of Bone, Reproductive, and Urologic Products in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.  “Osteoporosis Drug Development: Moving Forward” My name is Christina Cherel, and I am the Program Coordinator at The National Women’s Health Network. The National … Continued

Osteoporosis: Better Screening, Treatment Policy Issues

Osteoporosis is a condition, more common in women than men, that causes bones to become brittle and fragile. This makes bones more susceptible to breaking. Bone fractures attributed to osteoporosis affect an estimated 1.5 million people annually and can seriously impact one’s health and quality of life. Some women, particularly those without good access to … Continued

Shots for Osteoporosis–Convenient, Expensive, & Possibly Dangerous

Some day soon, you may be offered a shot for osteoporosis. If you’re a woman who is already being treated for osteoporosis, or who has been being encouraged to take medication to prevent bone loss, the prospect of a shot may seem very appealing. After all, none of us like taking pills, and it really … Continued

Osteoporosis: Screening and Diagnosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become fragile and susceptible to breaking. Fractures, and the consequent pain and disability they cause, can seriously affect a person’s health and quality of life. Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men, and some women experience fractures that could have been prevented if their osteoporosis … Continued