Ask the Nurse

I recently heard that osteoporosis drugs can actually increase the risk of fractures in older women. Should I stop taking this medication?

Recent reports have drawn attention to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates (Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva and Reclast), commonly used to slow bone loss in postmenopausal women. Some studies point to an increased risk of atypical thigh fractures in people using these drugs. The FDA has issued a statement saying that a preliminary review of the data does not show a clear connection between these drugs and fractures. A thorough study of any potential link is under way.

If you currently are taking these medications, don’t stop unless you are told to do so by a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor if you develop new hip or thigh pain, or have any concerns about your medications, and report any side effects to your healthcare professional.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

July 11, 2011 at 6:35pm